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Body of Notre Dame student Annrose Jerry found in St. Mary’s Lake

| Friday, January 24, 2020

Notre Dame announced in an email that 21-year-old senior Annrose Jerry’s body was recovered from St. Mary’s Lake on Friday around noon. There is no sign of foul play.

The body is scheduled for an autopsy Saturday morning at the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center, Sam Walsh of the St. Joseph County Coroner’s Office confirmed. 

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Jerry, who was living in Breen-Phillips Hall, was reported missing after last being seen Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. near the Coleman-Morse Center. The Indiana State Police issued a Silver Alert on Thursday and said Jerry was “believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.” The Silver Alert was canceled at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday.

According to an email obtained by The Observer, on the days she was reported missing, Jerry had missed an appointment at the University Counseling Center, failed to show up to class and missed Folk Choir practice for the first time this semester.

Jerry was a member of the Folk Choir and Glynn Family Honors program, among other activities.

On Thursday night, director of Campus Ministry Fr. Pete McCormick led a prayer service in Breen-Phillips to pray for Jerry’s safe return.

Authorities arrived at a part of the lake directly across from Lyons Hall on Friday morning. At approximately 11:45 a.m., police told all unauthorized personnel to “clear the area” and boat crews were seen entering the lake. 

“It is with heavy hearts that we write to share with you that Annrose Jerry, a senior science-business major who lived in Breen-Phillips Hall, has died,” said the email announcement, which was signed by University President Fr. John Jenkins, dean of the College of Science Mary Galvin and vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding.

A Mass was held on Friday at 9 p.m. in the Breen-Phillips Hall Chapel.

“My heart is so heavy, and I share in sorrow with you,” wrote Angela Hollar, the rector of Breen-Phillips Hall, in an email to the dorm community.

The University Counseling Center (574-631-7336) and Campus Ministry (574-631-7800) are both available to support community members during this time.

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