Authorities Recover Body of Missing Dartmouth Student

  • Adam Wright (Courtesy photograph)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hanover — Authorities found the body of a missing Dartmouth College senior Tuesday morning after a college employee spotted his backpack along the bank of the Connecticut River.

The body of Adam Wright, 21, was found in the river near the shoreline, about 500 yards north of the Ledyard Bridge, shortly before 10 a.m. The cause of death is under investigation, but no foul play is suspected, police said in a news release.

An autopsy will take place later this week in Concord, authorities said.

Wright was last seen on the Dartmouth campus early Monday morning, and authorities issued a missing persons report later that day.

Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon sent a campuswide email on Tuesday alerting the Dartmouth community to Wright’s death.

“Adam, a government major, will be remembered as a quiet soul and a good friend,” Hanlon wrote.

Wright, he said, was “known for his leadership as president of the International Business Council, a student organization at the Dickey Center,” and was also a “loyal Beta Alpha Omega fraternity brother and a member of the Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering group.”

Wright was the grandson of former Dartmouth President Jim Wright and his wife, Susan.

“Susan and I were very proud of Adam. We enjoyed all of our time with him. He was a wonderfully caring person and a dedicated student,” former president Wright said on Tuesday in an email to the Valley News. “He touched our lives in so many ways and we miss him dearly.”

He also said officials at Dartmouth Safety and Security, the Hanover Fire Department, the Hanover Police Department and New Hampshire Fish and Game “were remarkably efficient, professional and sensitive in helping to locate Adam in some very difficult circumstances. Our whole family is grateful to them.”

Dartmouth made counselors available to community members, and Hanlon’s email urged students and staff who might be concerned about a colleague to also contact available resources.