A 19 year old American college student, Beau
Solomon, was found dead in Italy’s Tiber River
on Monday, just four days after he landed in
the country for a student exchange program.
He was declared missing the same day he
arrived in the country.
Solomon who arrived in Rome on Thursday,
went out to G-Bar near Piazza Trilussa with a
group of friends that night and was reported
missing the following day when he failed to
show up for orientation.
Solomon was a second year student at the
University of Wisconsin Madison where he
studied personal finance as a major in his first
year, was found wearing a bloodied shirt with
a wound on his head, his wallet was stolen and
$1,500 had been charged to his credit card in
Milan, according to his brother Jake Solomon.
The College he was supposed to study at in
Rome, John Cabot University, confirmed that
the body was that of 19-year-old Beau
Solomon and issued a statement.
“We express our most heartfelt
condolences to the Solomon family and
to all those who loved Beau,”
A statement from the university said it was
“alerted by his roommate, who reported that
he had lost contact with Beau around 1 a.m.
on Friday morning … and was worried when
he did not see Beau at orientation later that
When Solomon’s family heard he was missing,
they all went to Italy while John Cabot
University contacted the Italian authorities,
the U.S. Embassy and his U.S. college, its
President Franco Pavoncello.
An Italian newspaper, ANSA, claimed that two
people have come forward to say that they
saw a man throw a person into the Tiber the
night Solomon disappeared.
Beau’s older brother, Jake Solomon, said his
brother was an athlete who successfully
battled cancer for years as a child and
overcame it only for him to end up dead this
This isn’t the first time there has been an
incident like this at the same college. In 2012,
a U.S. student was allegedly stabbed by his
roommate, a fellow student at John Cabot
University, after what police said was a night
of alcohol and possible drug use. The stabbed
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