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UPDATE: Body Pulled from Red River is Missing Student Andrew Sadek

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SATURDAY UPDATE 8:45 p.m: NDSCS in Wahpeton has been notified that the body recovered in the Red River north of Breckenridge is that of missing student Andrew Sadek.

He was last seen around 2 a.m. May 1 leaving a building at the North Dakota State College of Science. Police conducted a number of ground and air searches in the days that followed.

Arrest warrants for Sadek were issued a week after his disappearance for alleged delivery of marijuana on the NDSCS campus.

Wilkin County Sheriff Rick Fiedler says the UND Department of Forensic Pathology made the positive identification Saturday using dental records. The specific cause of death is still being investigated.

ORIGINAL STORY:  BRECKENRIDGE, MN. -- There are still many unanswered questions Friday night around a body pulled from the Red River north of the Wahpeton-Breckenridge area. A dozen first responders pulled a body from the Minnesota side of the river Friday at 9:47 a.m. The Wilkin County Sheriff's Office said the body is in terrible shape, making it difficult to identify. There's been no identification at this point. 

But, in a statement the North Dakota State College of Science cautioned against making any connection between the body, and the disappearance of NDSCS student, Andrew Sadek. Sadek has been missing since early May.  

Those we talked to, seemed shocked.

"It's the kind of thing you don't hear about everyday," said local Bud Heinert. "You know, when somebody, when anybody passes away accidentally it's disturbing."

"I think I've only recovered three bodies from the Red River in 23 years," said Sheriff Rick Fiedler of the Wilkin County Sheriff's Office. "It is shocking. It's a surprise for all of us."

The sheriff told us officers flooded the bank and four rescue boats patrolled the waters. Since then, the body has been transported to Grand Forks for an autopsy to hopefully reveal more information.

"We don't know who the person is so, we're kind of dealing on hollow grounds of a body," said Fiedler. "You don't know who it is, but realize you need to identify them to inform loves ones. So, pretty sobering moment."

Law enforcement said they have an idea of who the body might be, but at this point, there has been no identification. As we mentioned, North Dakota State College of Science student Andrew Sadek has been missing since May first. We called the family today to see if they had been contacted by authorities. A family member answered the phone and promptly hung up.

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