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Luther College Student’s Body Found in Upper Iowa River

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DECORAH, Iowa -- The body of a missing Iowa college student has been recovered from the Upper Iowa River.

Twenty-one-year-old Bjorn Norderhaug, a senior at Luther College, had last been seen in downtown Decorah around 1:50 a.m. Saturday.

After friends were unable to contact him, Decorah police were contacted and a search began. Officials received a report of a body in the Upper Iowa River near Clay Hill Road, outside of Decorah, Sunday morning around 9:30. The body was recovered and positively identified as Norderhaug.

The news is hitting the Luther College community pretty hard.

“We've reached out to some of his friends and roommates, and this is difficult for anybody whose experienced an unexpected loss of life. And so we have reached out to students and provided grief counseling on campus, which is available to students, staff and faculty,” said Dean of Student Life, Corey Landstrom.

Norderhaug was studying computer science at Luther.

Authorities say they're still investigating exactly what lead to his drowning. The death remains under investigation.