Stone Arch Bridge suicides: Teenage couple jump to their deaths days after they go missing [UPDATES]
|Borgstrom (left) and Coach jumped to their deaths early this morning.|
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:
Body found in Mississippi by Ford Dam Tues ID'd as Dakotah Coach, 18, of Hammond, Wis. He & 16 yo jumped from Stone Arch Bridge last week.-- Mara Gottfried (@MaraGottfried) May 22, 2013
:::: 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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