The body of Beau Solomon, an American student who had gone missing in Rome since Thursday, was found in the Tiber River on Monday. Police said that witnesses saw the 19-year-old’s body dumped into the river. A murder probe into his death has now been opened.
Solomon had been staying in Rome while taking a five-week course at John Cabot University. The school confirmed the discovery of Beau’s body in a press statement, which said, “We express our most heartfelt condolences to the Solomon family and to all those who loved Beau.”
According to a report from Italian news agency ANSA, it appears that Solomon was robbed prior to being thrown into the river. His body was found without his wallet and cellphone. Beau was seen alive at about 1 a.m. local time at Piazza Trilussa, a bar located in Trastevere, a popular neighborhood in Rome.
Meanwhile, Beau’s brother Cole said that his brother was hanging out with around 11 students that night and that they were 10 minutes away from the John Cabot campus. Beau’s family said that upon his disappearance, they still found charges using his credit cards. At the crime scene, Beau’s body was found with a deep wound into the head. It is believe that he died from this injury.
Beau was a young man who knew how to beat the odds from the very beginning. According to a report from the Journal Sentinel, he battled cancer for 10 years until he was 12. Beau was the third brother among four boys. According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where Beau studied, Beau had just completed his first year as a personal finance major in their School of Human Ecology.
Upon news of his death, university Chancellor Rebecca Blank said, “UW–Madison is working with John Cabot University and with American and Italian authorities to assist Beau’s family and to support the investigation into his death.”
Cole said that his parents are now on their way to Italy to identify Beau’s body.