Missing Alumnus Found Dead in National Forest

Gonzalez Was Assistant Tennis Coach For DAPER

The body of Cambridge resident Edgar R. Gonzalez ’04 was found in Grout Pond in Stratton, Vt. on July 29. Gonzalez had been missing since July 7 when he became separated from his group while hiking during a camping trip in the Green Mountain National Forest.

The 29-year-old Gonzalez worked as an assistant tennis coach in MIT’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation.

According to Vermont State Police press releases, search teams found the body floating near the west shore of the pond at around 8:15 a.m. last Sunday after an extensive 22-day search. Hikers had reported hearing splashing and and cries for help from the pond hours after Gonzalez first disappeared.

The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington, Vt. for an autopsy and toxicology tests, after which it is expected to be released to family members in Tallahassee, Fl.

Jeffrey Whitesell, police chief for Winhall, Vt., said that no foul play was suspected, reported the Bannington Banner.