The body of Dwight Clark, a missing Western Washington University freshman, was discovered Wednesday in Bellingham Bay, police reported. The 18-year-old student was last seen leaving a party on September 26th.
The US Coast Guard was called in after a local contractor saw a body floating in Bellingham Bay. They removed his body from the water around noon yesterday and confirmed his identity from a driver’s license found in his pocket, said police spokesman Mark Young. The cause of death has yet to be determined.
Fellow students around campus expressed disbelief over the death and shared their memories of Dwight Clark. Bruce Shepard, Western Washington University president, made a statement,
We are profoundly saddened, and extend our deepest condolences to the Clark family and all who knew Dwight personally.
A Clark family friend, Pennie Saum, said the family is anxious for information that can help them figure out what happened,
You raise your son up to go to college and six days later he’s gone. It’s hard on all of us. We’re not going to give up. We will find out someone who knows something and get this resolved.
Let’s hope justice is served if foul play turns out to be the cause.