Annrose Jerry, the 21-year-old senior student at the University of Notre Dame who was found deceased in a lake, was a flute player on campus and a national merit scholarship finalist in high school.
Tragically, the university has now confirmed that her body was found in St. Mary’s lake. Previously, Notre Dame had revealed that Jerry was missing. A silver alert said the college student was believed to be in “extreme danger.”
Her body was found in St. Mary’s Lake. She was a science-business major.
“The body is that of 21-year-old senior Annrose Jerry, who was reported missing three days ago. There is no sign of foul play,” an email from the university said, according to The Observer. The cause of death is not clear, however.
The university also announced the sad news on its website.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The University Says That There Were ‘No Apparent Signs of Trauma’
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, “offered his condolences and prayers to the family of Annrose Jerry, a Notre Dame senior whose body was found today (Friday, Jan. 24) in Saint Mary’s Lake on campus,” Notre Dame News says.
“We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Annrose,” he said. “We will keep her and her family and friends in our prayers.”
The university says that “Ms. Jerry, 21, had been missing since the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 21, and Notre Dame police scoured the campus and pursued multiple leads in an effort to find her. Public safety personnel discovered her body at about 11:15 a.m. today and the body was recovered about an hour later. St. Joseph County Coroner Michael J. McGann made a positive identification at the scene and said an external examination of the body revealed no apparent signs of trauma.”
2. The University Previously Revealed that Jerry, Who Is From Minnesota With Roots in India, Had Vanished
In a January 23, 2020 statement posted on the university website, the Notre Dame Police Department revealed that it “is seeking the public’s assistance in establishing the whereabouts of Annrose Jerry, 21, a senior at the university.”
According to that statement, which was accompanied by two photos of Jerry, “Ms. Jerry is 5-feet-5-inches tall, with dark hair…She resides on campus. The university established earlier today that Ms. Jerry was last seen at Coleman-Morse Hall on campus at 8:45 Tuesday evening. Anyone who has seen Ms. Jerry since then or has information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Notre Dame Police Department at 574-631-5555.”
Katlin Connin, WSBT-TV journalist, also reported on January 24 that the “St. Joseph County Coroner confirms that a female body was pulled from a lake on Notre Dame’s campus.”
On Facebook, Jerry says she was a student at University of Notre Dame who went to Blaine High School and was from Blaine Minnesota. She had roots in Ernakulam, India.
3. A Silver Alert Was Issued for Annrose Jerry
The state of Indiana’s website says that “a Statewide Silver Alert has been declared.” That was before her body was found.
“The Notre Dame Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Annrose Jerry, a 21 year old Asian female, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 150 pounds, black hair with black eyes. Annrose was last seen wearing an ankle length gray quilted coat over a multi-colored ankle length skirt or dress,” the alert says.
“Annrose is missing from Notre Dame, Indiana which is 149 miles north of Indianapolis and was last seen on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 8:00 pm. She is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.”
4. Jerry Was a Flute Player
In 2018, the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir posted a video of Jerry on Facebook. “Flute player Annrose Jerry (ND ’20) talks about the first time she heard the Folk Choir live, and the benefits of ministering with this ensemble. #NDday #FolkChoir,” the caption reads.
In the video, she says, “I’ve been involved in church music ever since 7th grade in one capacity or another…” She described the folk choir as sounding like a “group of angels.” She auditioned and was accepted.
She was “blown away by the quality of this group. Amazing, challenging music, and camaraderie.” She highlighted the positive nature of the group.
“There’s nothing I don’t like about the choir. It’s hard work, but it’s so rewarding,” she said.
5. Jerry Was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist in High School
In 2016, Blaine High School in Minnesota congratulated Jerry on being named a national merit scholarship finalist.
This post is being updated as more information is learned about the disappearance of Annrose Jerry.
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