Last Updated on January 17, 2024, 7:27 am
Massachusetts: Police Recovers Body of a Missing UMass Dartmouth Student-Athlete, Flordan Bazile
Flordan Bazile, a missing University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth student-athlete, has been found dead after an extensive ground and water search on January 16, 2024. The UMass Dartmouth Police announced him being missing on Tuesday morning.
What happened to Flordan Bazile?
Flordan Bazile was reported missing by the UMass Dartmouth Police on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.
“The UMass Dartmouth Police Dept. are requesting assistance in locating Flordan (Flo) Bazile, who was last seen on campus at Pine Dale Hall on January 15, 2024, at 2 a.m. Anyone with information regarding Bazile’s whereabouts should contact the UMass Dartmouth Police at 502-999-8107.”
The 21-year-old athlete was reportedly later spotted in Fairhaven, MA, around Howland Road and Coggeshall Street. The UMass Police conducted an extensive search with the assistance of first responders from several surrounding cities and towns. On Tuesday evening, Flordan Bazile’s lifeless body was found in the Acushnet River in Massachusetts.
The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office’s prosecutors stated that Flordan “Flo” Bazile was found dead from an apparent suicide on Tuesday evening, January 16, 2024. The UMass Dartmouth Chancellor, Mark Fuller, released a statement in an email confirming his tragic death.
Who was Flordan Bazile?
Flordan Bazile was a native of Orlando, Florida. He graduated from New Bedford High School. He was a sophomore at the Charlton College of Business and a sprinter on the UMass Dartmouth track team. His teammates and coaches describe him as “hard-working, energetic, a champion, and a great friend.”
Flordan was recently named Little East Conference Track Athlete and Track Rookie Athlete of the Week for outstanding performance. He had won several notable titles, including the Little East Championship, and held the UMass Dartmouth record for the 100-meter dash.
The UMass Dartmouth Community Mourns Flordan Bazile
The UMassD community has come together to mourn the loss of its talented young student. The University’s Chancellor, Fuller, ensured its students that the institutes would provide counseling services for the students and staff at the Counselling Center, which will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The after-hours Support Help Line can also be reached at 508.910.4357.
The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life’s campus ministers from several faith traditions who provide confidential pastoral counseling can also be reached at 508.999.8872. Faculty and staff members who need support can avail of the Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) free counseling by calling 844.393.4983 or by visiting their website and entering the ID: UMASS.
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