Stone Arch Bridge suicides: Teenage couple jump to their deaths days after they go missing [UPDATES]

Categories: Tragedy
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Borgstrom (left) and Coach jumped to their deaths early this morning.
-- Original post from afternoon of May 14; updates at bottom --

Around 6:30 pm. last Friday, 16-year-old Erika Borgstrom texted her mother with a simple message: "I LOVE YOU." Her mother thought she was making a trip to a music store in River Falls. But Erika didn't come home, and her mother's subsequent attempts to call her indicated her phone was turned off. Over the weekend, Erika was reported missing.

It turned out Erika and her 18-year-old boyfriend, Dakotah Coach, had left Wisconsin for Minnesota together, as later on Friday evening, a surveillance camera spotted them at a Walmart in Woodbury. They weren't heard from again until today, when officials announced the couple jumped to their death from the Stone Arch Bridge.

Around 4:30 this morning, witnesses contacted law enforcement to report seeing two people jump from the Stone Arch Bridge. Those reports were confirmed this afternoon with the news that Borgstrom and Coach were the jumpers.

Both were students at St. Croix Central High School, where Borgstrom was a sophomore and Coach was a senior.

A statement from the St. Croix Central School District confirms the teens "took their own lives."

Both "were excellent students and outstanding musicians" and "will be missed greatly by all who knew them," the statement says.

:::: MAY 22 UPDATE ::::

The Pioneer Press's Mara Gottfried reports that a body recovered in the Mississippi River yesterday has been identified as Dakotah's:
:::: MAY 31 UPDATE ::::

KSTP reports that a body found in the water on Wednesday has been identified as Borgstrom's.

Her body was "pulled from the a back channel where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers connect," KSTP writes. It was spotted by a fisherman who saw it entangled in a tree.

Her death was officially ruled a suicide.

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jessica.moots
jessica.moots

i lost a cousin to jumping this bridge. it hurts. she left a note on the bridge saying why she did it. i won't share what she said cuz it's sad. but i'll say one thing she did it because he bf had jumped the same bridge a week before and she wanted to see if his body was still in the water. but sadly it wasn't so she had killed herself for nothing. but we still do love these two very much. now you can see how fucked up society is. i bet it was because of bullying and they thought if one is to die the other has to go with so they jumped together. so sad. i am devastated by  this couple ending their lives like this. such a young age for 2 peers to do this to them-selves. not acceptable. but society and bullies made them do it. i almost jumped this bridge myself because of bullying but i learned not to listen to what people have to say yes i still think about this bridge and how it could have impacted my family and friend's lives.

jamiemoser11
jamiemoser11

I have considered suicide in the past, but realize it isn't an option because I don't want to hurt the people that love me. I am here for them. And hopefully someday when I am feeling better, I will be here for me, too. I am so sorry for these parents. All we can do as parents is do our best. It's hard to know what the right thing is, sometimes. 


rallyespeed
rallyespeed

"Both were excellent students"

Mmm...apparently not.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk

What, you mean teen suicide ISN'T only caused by "gay bulling" 

Let fight for a  new law.  New school regulations.  New laws against parents having opinions about their kids boy/girlfriends .

Come on Southern poverty law center.  

Come on you homo warriors, "THE KIDS" need you; unless YOU don't care about dead kids.

BIGherbDICKERSON
BIGherbDICKERSON

@TheConservativeJerk @RealistHi Kirk, you always want to make it about you.  Let's make it about you.  When shall we make it about you.  You know I will be there.  I will make it about you.  Tell me Kirk, when can we make it about you.  I want to. Hi Kirk, you always want to make it about you.  Let's make it about you.  When shall we make it about you.  You know I will be there.  I will make it about you.  Tell me Kirk, when can we make it about you.  I want to. Hi Kirk, you always want to make it about you.  Let's make it about you.  When shall we make it about you.  You know I will be there.  I will make it about you.  Tell me Kirk, when can we make it about you.  I want to. Hi Kirk, you always want to make it about you.  Let's make it about you.  When shall we make it about you.  You know I will be there.  I will make it about you.  Tell me Kirk, when can we make it about you.  I want to. Hi Kirk, you always want to make it about you.  Let's make it about you.  When shall we make it about you.  You know I will be there.  I will make it about you.  Tell me Kirk, when can we make it about you.  I want to. Hi Kirk, you always want to make it about you.  Let's make it about you.  When shall we make it about you.  You know I will be there.  I will make it about you.  Tell me Kirk, when can we make it about you.  I want to. 

kojak123
kojak123

Yes this is a tragedy, but why are so many people surprised by this? This happens and it's not that uncommon. Many reasons they could have done this and we'll probably never know for sure why they did, but teen suicide is not that unusual. Be bummed out that they did it, but it's not unheard of. Some of these responses make it seem like the person is just now learning that sometimes people take their own lives.

Yang Dao
Yang Dao

I always find it weird when people "like" these type of stories on facebook.

vanmuyden826
vanmuyden826

After spending two and a half years preventing my daughter from committing suicide. I know depression is a serious disease that can last a lifetime. Every day I pray to God for giving her the strength to continue growing and make it through another day. We see 8 therapists a week and go to a day treatment school. Have been through three attempts and are standing stronger than ever. Take all the help you can get Melissa

Scott Kulzer
Scott Kulzer

I gotta stop fishing in the Mississippi by downtown. too many bodies.

Brittany Lynn
Brittany Lynn

I'm confused... How did they know it was them in the first place if they just now found his body?

Kevin Gallagher
Kevin Gallagher

???? what does that have to do with a body being found?

mrdooleyjr
mrdooleyjr

I almost jumped from this same bridge. 

unknown
unknown

they don't even have the bodies. how do they know it was the right two who jumped??

vdennis25
vdennis25

Erika's mom and my mom are good friends. They were not supposed to be seeing each other so it's been assumed that they did it because of that but we don't know a whole lot about it right now. This just happened yesterday. They took off on Friday and then she had sent a text to her mom a little after 4am Tuesday morning (nothing about why though) then a few minutes later they jumped. Yes it is selfish but please remember that there are many people who are to hurt and sad by this to want to hear that stuff right now. Both Erika and Dakotah's parents are going to forever wonder if they had just let them be together would they be alive or if Erika's mom had woken up to that text could she have stopped them. That is something that no parent should ever have to live with but these kids decided to do that to their parents anyway, they put this guilt on their parents even though it is not their guilt to feel. It's not right but talking bad about them will do nothing but cause more pain by anyone who may see these posts (such as their parents). Please keep that in mind

Johan David Baumeister
Johan David Baumeister

I attempted suicide a year ago. It was a wake-up call to me to start treating my depression seriously and get professional care for it as I would any other medical condition. Nothing can be said that will ease the pain of these families who have lost their children to suicide. It is too late for these too. But if you or someone you know is in crisis, please consider that there are ALWAYS people who can help you and who care. http://www.namihelps.org/support/crisis-resources.html

noshoes61
noshoes61

Don't romanticize this. There is nothing  noble about making mothers day  a torment for your mom forever and yes it was selfish and no there is no pain that justifies doing this to your family. No there is nothing romantic or noble about rotting in the ground along with your BF/GF or whomever you trick or cajole or coerce into dying with you  No you can not be sure that God forgives self-murder  No just do not do it. The only one who is glorified by the death of young people is the devil and suicide is his tool

reporter2
reporter2

You wrote "when their bodies were discovered in Minneapolis." Where did you get this confirmation? This is the only place so far I've seen that their bodies were recovered.

justwondering
justwondering

Do you think maybe the girl was pregnant and they freaked out over it? Were they dating?

Alyx Singerhouse
Alyx Singerhouse

This is a really, really tragic situation. There is SO much judgment of these kids on this article, it is pathetic. They were obviously hurting in ways that people who are making the comments calling them "selfish" and being disrespectful have, clearly, never been profoundly depressed. Losing someone you love to suicide is one of the hardest things that a person can go through, and if you don't know what that's like, consider yourself lucky. Life is not yours to judge. What these kids did, is incomprehensible, but instead of playing the blame game in retrospect, action needs to be taken. The number of successful suicides are only a small fraction of the people who have attempted. There needs to be education, especially in schools. Kids need to know that things CAN and DO get better. What the loved ones of these kids DON'T need is all of the berating and judgment--their burdens are heavy enough already.

Nichelle Marie
Nichelle Marie

two people died and two families are left to deal with it. Your arguments about it are irrelevant. Prayers to their family and friends!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

i think this is life... poor decisions made by confused children. on the upside, they now know what comes next. 

is it a series of tests one must complete to transcend and end the tired simulation

brooklyn-rose
brooklyn-rose

2nd and 3rd suicides in 2 months for this small school district, maybe its time to stop the bullying at SCC

Annette Price
Annette Price

Perhaps try harder to put yourself in their shoes? They were in such emotional and mental pain, DEATH was preferable. How is that selfish? I think your inability to empathize is sad … and a bit selfish, actually.

Aliya Watson
Aliya Watson

Heather....that's a little abrasive. Sometimes, "help" is relative and is not always waiting to be asked for.

musicman55454
musicman55454

This is horrible! Being a fellow musician/artist, I understand that we are very unique and have a WAY different thought process than others. We tend to do things that others wouldn't even think of doing so we can entertain everyone, BUT taking your life and another's is NOT in that category. There's a fine line between being "artistic" and being absolutely over-the-top inappropriate. Now the poor family has to mourn over what has happened for the rest of their lives. My prayers go out to friends and family and I just hope they all stay in good health and enjoy the life they still have. Suicide is never the answer, especially when you have music to make! Sad, sad story...

srorille
srorille

So so sad, prayers to the loved ones left behind =(

Heather Mae Linnell
Heather Mae Linnell

Why? ! Both good students, they had each other. So terrible of them to do that to their families. Suicide I'd the most selfish thing anyone can do. People know they can get help... they must not have wanted it.

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