By MIKE GILLIAM
PIX11.com | @pix11mike
10:51 AM EDT, September 28, 2012
A mother's worst fears have come true. The body of a 18-year-old Northwestern University student who had been missing since last weekend has been found.
University official Alan Cubbage made the announcement during a Thursday night news conference. "A body recovered from Wilmette Harbor is that of missing Northwestern University student Harsha Maddula." Cubbage said.
Maddula disappeared early Saturday after he attended a party. The last sign of him was a single ping to a cell phone tower at about 1 a.m. in Wilmette near the harbor where an extensive search was launched using divers and sonar.
Students and the Maddula family also mobilized to search for him, plastering the Northwestern campus with posters and combing the area.
Maddula was studying engineering at the school. The body was found just before 7p.m. in the harbor between two boats.
There was little doubt it was Maddula according to the university official. " Maddula's wallet with his Northwestern I.D. and his cell phone were found on the body." He went on to say "Wilmette police investigators on the scene say there were no signs of foul play on the body."
The sophomore was a diabetic. A neighbor, Sheik Hassan, who identified himself as a doctor told PIX 11 he counseled the teen when he was first diagnosed with the disease and that it was difficult for him.
He said, "In my opinion this could have been a suicide. There were no signs of foul play. His family wanted him to be a doctor but after he was diagnosed he didn't think he could live up to expectations."
That account could not be immediately confirmed. The exact cause of death will be determined by the Cook County Medical Examiner.
The investigation is continuing.
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