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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Aug. 5, 2016

Missouri Academy student involved in drowning accident

Updated: Aug. 2, 2016

Maryville Public Safety and Northwest Missouri State University have confirmed a student attending the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing has died as the result of a drowning accident.

Maryville Public Safety and University Police officers responded at about 8:10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, to a report of a missing student at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park. They received assistance from the Red Oak and Clarinda, Iowa, fire and rescue dive teams.

Officers identified the victim as Jae Won Lee, 16, a first-year student at the Missouri Academy from Seoul, South Korea.

Lee’s body was recovered at about 9:30 p.m.

The death is under investigation by the Nodaway County coroner’s office, Maryville Public Safety and University Police. No foul play is suspected at this time.

The Northwest community gathered at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Living Room for a celebration of Jae Won Lee’s life.

The Missouri Academy is a two-year residential, early-entrance-to-college program on the Northwest campus that replaces the junior and senior years of high school. Academy students enroll in the same courses as traditional University students and are held to the same academic expectations while living, socializing and studying in a learning community of peers.

Northwest is making on-site counseling assistance available to Missouri Academy students and staff.

Other Northwest students needing counseling assistance outside of regular business hours at Wellness Services are encouraged to contact University Police at 660.562.1254. Faculty and staff should call the University employee assistance program at 800.964.3577. A county counseling support line also is available to all members of the Northwest community at 888.279.8188.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468