Police find remains of missing Columbia dentistry student

Jiwon Lee missing
Police said the body of Jiwon Lee, 29, was found in the Hudson River on Saturday afternoon.
Credit: Facebook.

After an almost monthlong search, police found the body of a missing Columbia University dental student over the weekend in the Hudson River near West 86th Street.

Jiwon Lee, 29, went missing in early April after she was last seen at her Upper West Side apartment by a roommate.

Authorities said they recovered the body on Saturday afternoon, and that the medical examiner would determine the cause of death.

At the time of her disappearance, friends said police were able to ping her cellphone to a tower in Washington Heights near the George Washington Bridge, but were unable to further track her whereabouts.

Her brother, Matt, crowdfunded more than $87,000 to hire a private detective as well as offer a reward for information. On Sunday evening, the site committed to turn any further money raised toward a memorial scholarship fund.

Lee, who reportedly suffered from depression, was slated to graduate from the dental program this month.

“Thank you for your continued prayers, donations, and support. Unfortunately, Jiwon, beloved daughter, sister, and friend has gone on to a better place,” the family posted online. “We are currently planning a memorial service to honor Jiwon and will post further details as soon as possible.”

A former comedian, Lee was also remembered by friends in the local circuit.

Follow Chester Jesus Soria on Twitter @chestersoria



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