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UPDATE: Bodies found on fourth day of search for 2 IU students at Monroe Lake


On Tuesday morning, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources reported that the bodies of IU students Siddhant Shah and Aryan Vaidya were recovered after four days of searching.

The two students went below the surface of Monroe Lake on Saturday, according to a press release from the DNR. The situation did not involve a boat accident, Lieutenant Angela Goldman with the DNR said.  

The two students were on a pontoon boat with friends and anchored the boat to swim. According to the release, friends tried to help when the two students did not resurface but they were not able to find them.  

"We are deeply saddened by the news that Siddhant Shah and Aryan Vaidya, both students in the Kelley School of Business, are currently missing at Lake Monroe," IU spokesperson Amanda Roach said in a statement. "We appreciate and are thankful for the dedication and work that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, IUPD, and other agencies have put in over the last 24 hours to lead the search."

On Saturday, scuba divers searched the lake but had to stop at night due to darkness. Indiana Conservation Officers resumed their search Sunday, according to the release.  

The friends of the two students were transported back to IU’s campus by IU Student Services on Saturday and were offered counseling services.  

Goldman said Sunday evening that the search has been complicated by strong winds that are creating waves. The waves are interfering with the sonar technology and making it hard to get a clear picture of the lake.  

Goldman also said strong winds were in effect yesterday, although it was less severe than it is today.  

Editor's Note: If you or someone you know needs support, counseling is available through IU Counseling and Psychological Services. The CAPS crisis line at 812-855-5711 is available 24/7. 

This story has been updated.

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