Marc Bence/for metro edmonton
Students who live at the University of Alberta’s St. Joseph’s College hung hockey jerseys from their dorm rooms yesterday to remember a student who disappeared 16 years ago.
Dean Mortensen, a social studies student who played for the St. Joe’s Rangers intramural hockey team, was last seen in January 1992 when he left from a popular pub in Lister Hall.
Since his disappearance, students at St. Joe’s have hung jerseys and attend a church mass at noon every Jan. 23 as a tribute to his life.
"He was well liked by many of the students and the staff who worked here," said Father Timothy Scott, who is also the college’s president.
Scott didn’t work at the college when Mortensen disappeared, but says students have learned to do more to look after each other since.
"There was a sense of an emptiness, something was missing because this made no sense to anybody," he said. "Now there’s a greater sense of sensitivity here."