Remains have been found in the search for a missing Louisiana State University student, and a spokesperson for the family says that it is believed to be the body of 21-year-old Michael Nickelotte, Jr.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Michael went missing from his campus apartment on September 18, leaving behind his car, wallet, keys, and cell phone. An initial search of the campus and surrounding areas turned up no clues about what may have happened to him after he left his apartment in early hours of that morning.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Nola.com on Friday that remains had been found on Nicholson Drive just south of the LSU campus. Authorities reportedly said they believe the remains are that of the missing young man.
In a Facebook group dedicated to the search for the missing student, a user posted a message Friday night on behalf of Michael’s family, reading:
It is with the deepest of sorrow that we have to inform you all that the remains of Michael Nickelotte, Jr. have been found. We must now begin the sorrowful process of honoring his short life with us and laying him to his eternal rest. The support all have shown over this difficult time has been heartfelt and inspirational. Please continue to hold us in your prayers so that we may get through this difficult time.
Paulla, Kaitlin & Michael Nickelotte, Sr.
CrimeOnline spoke to Michael Nickelotte, Sr. earlier Friday, before the remains were found. He reiterated his statements in earlier interviews that it was out of character for his son to be out of contact for any period of time, noting that the ROTC student was meticulous about meeting his obligations.
“This is very unlike him,” his father said, adding that he had seen his son the weekend before he disappeared, and the young man, who aspired to be a Marine officer after graduation, did not indicate that anything was seriously troubling him.
“Nobody felt like he was in a condition where he could check out,” Nickelotte, Sr. said.
Nola.com reports that authorities do not suspect foul play at this time, but that the remains are pending a medical examination and DNA testing that will confirm the identify and help determine the cause of death.
CrimeOnline will provide an update when more information is available.
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