Body found identified as Zygmont
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 01:10
The body of a young man recovered from the Piscataqua River was identified Monday by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as Jonathan Zygmont, a University of New Hampshire student who was missing for approximately two weeks.
Zygmont, 19, was recovered from the river in Portsmouth, N.H., early Sunday but was not officially identified until Monday afternoon.
He was last seen Tuesday, Sept. 17 around 8:30 p.m. in Portsmouth near Prescott Park. The UNH Police Department asked for the public’s help the following day in locating the first-year student. The active search for Zygmont in the Prescott Park area was suspended Friday, Sept. 20, but police continued to follow leads, according to a university statement.
On Sunday, Sept. 29, police said that the clothing and backpack that Zygmont was last seen wearing matched those of the recovered body. He was reportedly last seen wearing black shoes, khaki pants, a brown sweatshirt with the word “Burton” on it in red lettering and carrying a black North Face backpack.
Foul play was never suspected, but Zygmont was described as despondent and as experiencing relationship difficulties, according to the original press release.
Zygmont was from Windham, N.H., and a graduate of the 2013 class of Windham High School. He lived on campus in Hall House, one of the mini-dorms, and was a wildlife and conservation biology major in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, according to Dean of Students Anne Lawing.
“UNH is a caring community and it is always difficult to learn of the death of one of our students,” UNH President Mark Huddleston said in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends during this very difficult time and will remain focused on providing support and resources to our campus community and Jon’s loved ones.”