Rome, July 4, 2016 – Italian police have recovered a body from the Tiber River and identified it as the American student, Beau Solomon. The latter arrived in Rome on Friday for an exchange program at John Cabot University.
It appears that Solomon had gone out to relax and have some drinks at a pub just hours after his arrival. It is not clear if he went out alone, but his roommate alerted the authorities after he lost contact with Solomon at around 1 a.m.
The victim was formally reported missing after his failure to attend his class orientation the next morning.
Like many American exchange students, Beau Solomon, who hails from Spring Green, Wisconsin, must have been surprised at how easy it is for students to purchase alcohol in Rome, or, had known about it all along and planned to go on a drinking spree the very day of his arrival.
There have been around 3 alcohol-related deaths of American students in the area since 2012.
As of the moment, it is not yet confirmed as to what had caused Solomon’s death, but police have detained a homeless man, Massimo Galioto (40) for being “seriously implicated” to the case.
A heated argument or robbery is a possible motive as Solomon lost his phone and wallet.
Witnesses say they have seen a man being pushed off the Garibaldi Bridge that night, but the police do not yet verify this. Preliminary autopsy results indicate that Beau Solomon suffered injuries consistent with a fall.
Solomon was described by one of his brothers, Jake Solomon, as the person who glues and keeps their family together. He was a cancer survivor, and growing up he had undergone around 15-20 procedures, yet he remained courageous and turned out to be such an amazing kid.
Police found his body two days after his credit card was reportedly used, where $1,700 was charged to his account from a business establishment hundreds of kilometers away from Rome.
U.S. Ambassador to Italy, John Philips has expressed his sadness over the incident and said, “My heart goes out to his family and friends. The U.S. Embassy stands ready to provide support to Italian authorities investigating his disappearance and death.”
Beau Solomon was 19 years old.
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