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Kain Turner, 21, a student from Northern Arizona University, was found in the Rio de Flag near Beaver Street on Tuesday after he was reported missing Monday afternoon to the Northern Arizona University Police Department.

Cory Runge, spokesperson with the Flagstaff Police Department, confirmed Turner’s death.

His last known location was in downtown Flagstaff on Sunday morning. Turner was initially found by a concerned citizen at 7:45 p.m. Monday, and was unidentified until Tuesday afternoon.

“Cause of death is unknown, but initial investigation does not indicate any signs of foul play,” Runge said.

Northern Arizona University spokeperson Kim Ott confirmed that Turner, who was from Cottonwood, was pursuing a bachelor of science in information systems and was expected to graduate in fall 2020.

His fraternity’s Twitter account posted a picture of Turner Tuesday afternoon, expressing their sadness of losing another brother. Their president, Ryan Waltman, died last year in February.

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“We are deeply saddened and hurt on the passing of our brother Kain Turner,” the official Twitter account posted Tuesday. “Kain had a smile that could light up a room and he never failed to make any of us laugh. He touched every single one of us and we all will have so many amazing memories with him. We miss him, but know that he’s looking down on us with Ryan.”

Brandon Ruiz was a friend of Turner since the first grade and also posted his condolences on Twitter, and described Turner as an amazing friend.

“He truly was a unique person with so many traits that we will all miss,” Ruiz said to the Arizona Daily Sun. “He was a beautiful person and, most importantly, an amazing friend that I’ll miss and love forever.”

The police investigation is ongoing. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Flagstaff Police Department (928) 774-1414 or Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111.

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Scott Buffon can be reached at sbuffon@azdailysun.com, on Twitter @scottbuffon or by phone at (928) 556-2250.

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