South Dakota park drowning victim named

Published 11:10 pm Monday, April 24, 2017

GARRETSON, S.D.  — Authorities have identified the teen who drowned in a South Dakota state park over the weekend as a Minnesota university student from South Asia.

Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said Monday the body of 19-year-old Arbin Thapa was recovered Sunday morning in Palisades State Park.

Authorities said Thapa jumped in the water about 5 p.m. Saturday. Milstead said the cold temperature of the water likely contributed to his death. The sheriff said his office has been in touch with Thapa’s family in Nepal. He was a student at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

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