Alabama State student found dead one week after going missing

Alabama State is mourning the life of Adam Dowdell Jr.

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Alabama State University is mourning the tragic loss of a young student.

According to Birmingham Real-Time News, Adam Dowdell Jr. was found dead after he had been missing from the school’s campus. At about 2:45 p.m. on Monday, Montgomery and ASU police were called to the 800 block of Hutchinson Street after receiving information that a body was found.  After an autopsy taken at the Alabama Department of Forensic Science, it was confirmed the body belonged to Dowdell.

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Reports say the college sophomore who is originally from Alabaster, Alabama left the dorms with another student last Tuesday wearing a white shirt, checkered pants and Air Jordan 12 sneakers saying he was going to get cash from the bank. The family grew suspicious when they did not hear from him and learned he had not taken his phone charger or book bag which he would have taken if he planned to stay out long.

His mother, Toya Cohill, had spoken with him the day before and his siblings spoke with him the morning of his disappearance. But by Wednesday morning, the family started receiving calls from his friends saying he had not returned to campus.

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After learning of his disappearance the family rushed to the campus and immediately began handing out flyers and searching for him.

The late student’s mother told the publication, “I just want my child back.”

They say the young man, who his family affectionally called “Belle,” cell phone must have been dead because they were unsuccessful at tracking his location.

Unfortunately, there have been no arrests made in connection to his disappearance of death.

“We all had hoped for a different outcome,” said ASU President Quinton T. Ross Jr. in a statement. “Losing a student is always difficult, and the Hornet Nation is in mourning over his death. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Adam’s mother and the rest of his family and friends as they face this tragic loss.”

Police ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 334-215- STOP, Secret Witness at 334-625-4000 or Montgomery Police at 334-625-2831.

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