Body found in Elizabeth City identified as missing college student

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by Eric Kane, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 12:35 PM

UPDATE 10/2:  The Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Wednesday the identity of a body found Tuesday in a local canal is that of 22-year-old Terry M. Leathers II, a student reported missing by Elizabeth City State University Police late last week.

The medical examiner ruled the cause of death as a drowning.

Chancellor Charles Becton and the ECSU family extended their deepest sympathy to the Leathers family.

Leathers was a native of Roper, N.C., a town located about 47 miles from the University.

UPDATE 10/1:  The US Coast Guard searched a canal by Pelican Point in Elizabeth City, NC., after personal items belonging to Terry Michael Leathers II were found Tuesday.   A body was found in the canal about 60 feet from the personal items, according to ECSU Police Chief John Manley.

An autopsy has been arranged with the county medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death and to confirm the identity of the body.

ELIZABETH CITY -- Elizabeth City State University police continue to search for student Terry Leathers who hasn't been seen on campus since Thursday night.

"I actually just saw the poster that he was missing, and I was like, 'Wow, that's crazy,' sophomore Kiera Sanders told 13News Now Saturday. "You would never think on a college campus that would happen."

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for 22-year-old Leathers, a Mass Communications major.

The alert said he may be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

"I can't even imagine what, what happened, where he would just go missing. It's really sad," said classmate Jamila Fountain. "He was really friendly, really spoke to everybody. He was always, 'Hey, Jamila' give me a hug, everything like that."

Leathers is 5'7" tall and weighs about 130 pounds. He has short, black hair and brown eyes. The last time anyone saw Leathers, he was wearing a dark blue and black shirt and light-colored jeans. He had a black and gray backpack with him.

Anyone who sees Leathers or knows where he might be is asked to call Elizabeth City State University Police at 252-335-3266.

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