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Family of Once Missing NDSCS Student Believes Foul Play Involved

Family of the once missing North Dakota State College of Science student is speaking out, saying Andrew Sadek may have been murdered. Andrew’s mom, Tammy, gave a statement Tuesday that she believes foul play was involved. This comes after autopsy results were released Saturday saying that Andrew died from a gunshot to head.

Before his disappearance,  Andrew was last seen in the beginning of May. Extensive searches were done over following weeks. His body was found nearly two months later in the Red River near Breckenridge, and the autopsy results came nearly two months after that. Examiners were not able to determine if the gunshot was self-inflicted or if someone else had done it.

In Tammy’s statement, she released details that media had not previously been provided. She said Andrew was not suicidal and that rocks were found in his backpack. Campus officials say those details may not have been released to the public because of the importance they play in the ongoing investigation. While campus police are still searching for the weapon, they say it may be hard to find, which may means many questions in this case may go unanswered.

NDSCS Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Harvey Link, says, “This is a deep muddy river. There have been two or three floods that have come through during that span of time, all of which would make it difficult to find any item.”

Before Sadek’s disappearance, he had been involved with drugs and was caught selling to an officer.

He had later been working as a narcotics informant. Drug related warrants for his arrest were also issued after his disappearance.

Amy Unrau

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