A missing student of the Alabama State University has been found dead.
Montgomery and ASU police responded to the 800 block of Hutchinson Street about 2:45 Monday afternoon, which was found possible. The body was taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy. Montgomery Police Capt. Saba Coleman said that upon further investigation, the corpse was officially identified as Adam Dowdell Jr.
Dowell graduated from Montevallo High School and his family lives in Alabaster. He was in his second year at ASU.
Toya Kohil said she last spoke with her son, known as “Belle”, on Monday, and his siblings spoke with him on Tuesday. Early Wednesday, she began receiving messages from her friends that she had not returned to her hostel room and that no one had heard from her.
She said she learned that on Tuesday night she left another student, saying she was going to get cash from the bank. He was last known to be wearing a white shirt, checkerboard pants and Air Jordan 12 sneakers. Dowell did not have a car with him at school, and his mother said that if he had been planning to leave for a long time, she would have taken his book bag and a phone charger with him. Both were left behind.
Coil and other family members arrived in Montgomery on Wednesday and have been there ever since. She said that they are unable to track her phone as the location is locked and the phone is dead. Friends and family were searching for and handing over flights.
Coleman said the investigation into the circumstances of Dowell’s death is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time and no additional information is being released.
ASU President Quinton T. Ross Jr. released a statement Monday night about Dowell’s death. He said that Dowell was a transfer student in physical education. “We all expected a different result,” Ross said. It is always difficult to lose a student, and the Hornet Nation mourns his death. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Adam’s mother and the rest of her family. They suffer this tragic loss as friends. “
He reminded the students that counseling is available through the university’s counseling center at 334-229-4894.
Police ask if anyone with information about Crime Stoppers at 334-215-STOP, secret witnesses at 333-625-4000 or Montgomery Police at 334-625-2831.