Since early February, 2008, I had been following the story of Nicholas Garza, 19, of Albuquerque, NM, a freshman at Middlebury College in Vermont (my undergraduate alma mater), who disappeared mysteriously on the night of February 5th.
The story was baffling, because he left all his personal possessions, including winter clothing behind. Neither his friends nor family saw anything unusual in his behavior during his first semester at the school. He didn't seem like the type of person to take off without letting someone know. He was in contact with his family via cell phone almost every day.
Snow cover prevented a thorough outside search until May. The last place to look was in a log jam that forms just below a waterfall below the main bridge over fast-running Otter Creek in downtown Middlebury. And sure enough, that's where they found his body on May 27th.
So it's a sad closure for his family and friends. Still to be explained is how he got into the creek, a considerable distance from where he was last seen, especially considering the fact that it was still winter in Vermont, and he was not dressed to be outside for any length of time.
The family has been maintaining a web site at www.nicholasgarza.org .