Body found in Mississippi River is Wis. teen who jumped in with girlfriend

  • Updated: May 22, 2013 - 9:33 PM

The body recovered Tuesday from the Mississippi River in St. Paul was identified Wednesday as an 18-year-old high school student from western Wisconsin who jumped with his girlfriend eight days ago from the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

The body of Dakotah Coach, a senior at St. Croix Central High School in Hammond, was pulled from the water by St. Paul fire personnel shortly before 8 a.m., said Lori Hedican, chief investigator for the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office.

Yet to be found is the body of 16-year-old Erika Borgstrom, who jumped from the bridge with Coach on May 14, Hedican added.

Coach’s cause of death was drowning, Hedican said.

The school district said in a statement last week that Coach and Borgstrom “took their own lives.” Hedican said her office has yet to make that determination.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said last week that witnesses saw two people jumping from the bridge over the Mississippi about 4:30 a.m. and were presumed to have drowned.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office had issued a missing-persons’ alert about the two. Borgstrom had not been seen since May 10.

Borgstrom and Coach “were excellent students and outstanding musicians” at the Hammond school, the district statement said.

Paul Walsh

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