Vincenzo Lirosi, a University of New Hampshire student, was found dead in a marshy area of the woods near the campus. The 22-year-old was reported missing Saturday after he left a frat party after getting into a fight. Friends and family are wondering what happened to him.

Durham police officers spent the weekend searching the area around Coe Drive before finding the missing college student at around 1:20 p.m. Search efforts were conducted by a New England Search and Rescue and K-9 team. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine cause of death and figure out if any foul play was involved. His family has been notified of his tragic passing.

“Though this is not the outcome we all had hoped for, we are grateful that we were able to find Vincenzo and bring some closure to his family,” said Durham Police Chief Rene Kelley.

University of New Hampshire student Vincenzo Liorsi was found dead this weekend. Friends and family continue to wonder what happened to the college student. (Credit: Facebook)
University of New Hampshire student Vincenzo Liorsi was found dead this weekend. Friends and family continue to wonder what happened to the college student. (Credit: Facebook)

According to witnesses, Vincenzo Lirosi was last seen Saturday morning around 1 a.m. after he was kicked out of a fraternity party. Witnesses said that the 22-year-old got into a fight before he was removed. He reportedly walked off onto a wooded path near Woodman Road which was typically used by University of New Hampshire students as a shortcut.

Jordan Blanchard, Lirosi’s friend and former roommate, said that fighting was not typical for the young college student and said that the frat party fight was his first ever. Blanchard had been hanging out with Vincenzo Lirosi earlier Friday night before his friend decided to go to the frat party and continue drinking.

After Vincenzo Lirosi walked off, Blanchard went into the woods and looked for his missing friend but found nothing.

“We started to think how he would think, and we started walking through the woods on different trails,” Blanchard said. “We walked all the way to Jackson’s Landing to see if he was over there, and we could not find anything.”

The college student was officially reported missing at 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Police believe that Lirosi left the party without his phone or ID. His wallet was later found in a parking lot and his phone was located at the fraternity house.

According to witnesses, Liorsi got into a fight at a frat party before going missing. The 22-year-old had been drinking. (Credit: Facebook)
According to witnesses, Liorsi got into a fight at a frat party before going missing. The 22-year-old had been drinking. (Credit: Facebook)

Following the discovery of his body, the University of New Hampshire posted on their Facebook page and said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Vincenzo’s family & friends. This is a very sad day for our community and right now we are focused on providing the support and resources needed for everyone who knew him or is impacted by his death.”

Vincenzo Liorsi’s family have not made an official statement about the death of their loved one, but a GoFundMe page has been set up to support them during this difficult time. According to the page, all funds will go to funeral costs for the young college student.

So far, over $42,000 has been raised for Vincenzo’s family with an original goal of only $5,000.

In response to the amazing donations, the creator of the page, Giovanni Liorsi, wrote. “To the people that have been with us physically, emotionally and in spirit I cannot express how much you’ve helped our family going through this tragedy. We’re truly honored and blessed to have everyone in our lives that care so deeply for us and for Vin’s friends Matt and Jordan who were invaluable to helping find out what happened to my brother. The support has been totally overwhelming and the presence, thoughts and prayers from everyone makes this easier to process for us. Thank you all so much for everything.”

Durham Police continue to investigate the mysterious death and hope the autopsy will explain how Vincenzo Liorsi died. Vincenzo Lirosi was a native of Whitman, Massachusetts.