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Updated: 05/22/2013 11:27 PM
Created: 05/22/2013 1:35 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Maricella Miranda

Body of Teen Who Committed Suicide Found in River in St. Paul


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Authorities on Wednesday identified a body found in the Mississippi River in St. Paul as an 18-year-old Wisconsin student, who reportedly committed suicide with a friend.

Erika Borgstrom, 16, a sophomore, and Dakotah Coach, 18, a senior, took their own lives last week, according a statement from Glenn Webb, principal at St. Croix Central High School in Roberts, where the students attended school.

St. Paul firefighters pulled the body from the river Tuesday morning after someone reported seeing it near the former Ford Plant. On Wednesday, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner identified the body as belonging to Coach.

Coach, of Hammond, Wis., and Borgstrom have been missing since May 10. They reportedly committed suicide by jumping from the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis into the river.

Coach's father, Shane Coach, said that his son was last seen at about 6 p.m. May 10 in their front yard cleaning his trumpet, according to the Central St. Croix News.
 
"We just really love Dakotah and we really miss him," Shane Coach told KSTP last week. He declined to comment more about his son's death.

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