Drowning confirmed at Mozingo

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Northwest Missouri State University have confirmed a student attending the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing has died as the result of a drowning accident.

Maryville Public Safety and University Police officers responded at about 8:10 p.m. today to a report of a missing student at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park. They received assistance from the Red Oak and Clarinda, Iowa, search and rescue and dive teams.

Officers identified the victim as Jae Won Lee, 16, a first-year student at the Missouri Academy from Seoul, South Korea.

Lee’s body was recovered at about 9:30 p.m.

The death is under investigation by the Nodaway County coroner’s office, Maryville Public Safety and University Police. No foul play is suspected at this time.

The Missouri Academy is a two-year residential, early-entrance-to-college program on the Northwest campus that replaces the junior and senior years of high school. Academy students enroll in the same courses as traditional University students and are held to the same academic expectations while living, socializing and studying in a learning community of peers.

Northwest is making on-site counseling assistance available to Missouri Academy students and staff.

Other Northwest students needing counseling assistance outside of regular business hours at Wellness Services are encouraged to contact University Police at 660.562.1254. Faculty and staff should call the University employee assistance program at 800.964.3577. A county counseling support line also is available to all members of the Northwest community at 888.279.8188.