Missing 19-year-old US student found dead in Bermuda

Mark Dombroski| Image from Bernews
  • A 19-year-old American student disappeared in Bermuda island last Saturday
  • He was last seen leaving a bar past midnight alone
  • His body was discovered on Monday morning near a ditch

The 19-year-old student American student earlier reported missing was found dead, local authorities of Bermuda Island confirmed on Monday.

Mark Dombroski, a Saint Joseph University rugby player, disappeared Saturday night and was last seen by friends leaving a bar shortly after midnight.

Bermuda Police Acting assistant commissioner James Howard said Dombroski’s body was found ‘in a moat’ of a colonial-era fort just a few meters from the police station of the Devonshire parish.

Dombroski went to the British territory to play at the 2018 Ariel Re Bermuda International 7s Rugby Tournament with his university team.

After competing at the tournament which ended on Saturday, the police said the victim went out with family and friends to socialize. He was last seen alive on a CCTV footage leaving a bar alone and appeared to be using a phone past 1 am Sunday.

His mother, Lisa, told investigators his son appeared to be ‘nursing an injury’ from the rugby game and was not feeling well and only wanted to go back to his room.

Not ruling out foul play

Howard said they are not ruling out foul play, but added there is no evidence to suggest that “alcohol played a role in the student’s disappearance.”

The police and the family have appealed for witnesses who may have seen anything unusual around the time Dombroski left the bar and went missing.

Meanwhile, Saint Joseph University has released a statement on the devastating tragedy.

“The Saint Joseph’s University community is heartbroken tonight to learn from the Bermuda Police Services (BPS) in Hamilton that student Mark Dombroski has died. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Dombroski family along with Mark’s teammates, classmates and friends,” the university said.

The Bermuda police are still investigating the incident.

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