PEMBROKE — Authorities in Costa Rica have recovered the body Deon Greene, a University of North Carolina at Pembroke student who has been missing since Sunday, school officials said Friday.
The university was notified by the US officials in Costa Rica where Greene was studying abroad.
“It is with heavy hearts that we share that UNC-Pembroke received notification earlier today from the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica that Deon Greene’s body has been recovered,” a statement on the school’s website said.
Reports say the 21-year-old’s body was discovered just before 11 a.m. local time by the Red Cross. The body was found offshore at the same beach where he was last seen on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Greene had gone into the ocean and did not resurface, according to authorities. The Red Cross had been working with the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service in the search effort.
Greene was a student at The National University of Costa Rica in Heredia, Costa Rica. Heredia is just north of the Costa Rican capital San Jose. He was studying Spanish through a partnership between UNCP and the International Student Exchange Programs. Greene was supposed to return home in December to begin his senior year at UNCP.
UNCP Chancellor Robin Cummings was in Rocky Mount on Friday to express condolences to Greene’s family on behalf of the university. School officials had been monitoring the situation since Greene went missing.
Members of UNCP’s Counseling and Psychological Services department were available if needed by those on campus.
“UNC Pembroke will continue to update the campus community throughout this difficult time as Deon, his family, and friends remain in thought,” the school’s statement.
U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson also issued a statement on Friday.
“Renee and I are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Deon Greene, a bright, caring, and ambitious young man,” Hudson said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends and the UNC Pembroke community as they grapple with this difficult loss. We offer our heartfelt condolences and pray for comfort, healing and strength that only God can provide.”