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Body of missing Cornell student found in Fall Creek gorge

Cornell University Police have located the body of missing freshman Antonio Tsialas.

Cornell Police, Ithaca Police and Ithaca Fire found the 18 year old’s body at Fall Creek by Ithaca Falls.

The cause of death is unknown, but officials do not suspect foul play.

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Here’s the message sent to students, faculty, and staff at Cornell:

Dear Cornellians,

I am deeply saddened to report that after an extensive search, law enforcement officials report that they have recovered the body of Cornell student Antonio Tsialas, who was reported missing by his parents Friday afternoon. Antonio was last seen late on Thursday evening. His body was recovered this evening inside the Fall Creek gorge. A full investigation of the circumstances of his death is underway; no foul play is suspected.

Antonio was an undeclared first-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences from Miami, FL. Described as a thoughtful and smart student, Antonio was outgoing in nature and was actively involved in the Cornell Mundial F.C. club soccer team. He had recently become a campus tour guide.

On behalf of the Cornell community, I offer our most sincere condolences to Antonio’s family and friends. Words cannot adequately convey our thoughts, so please join me in keeping them in our hearts as they struggle with this loss.

I encourage our community to lean on each other and to reach out for support as we all process Antonio’s death. Resources can be found at the bottom of this message. Additional information about community support opportunities will be provided as details are available.


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life