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Body Sought in Landfills

April 01, 2006|From the Associated Press

EWING, N.J. — Authorities planned to search two Pennsylvania landfills today for a missing college student after his blood was found in and around a trash bin outside his dormitory.

John Fiocco, 19, was last seen early March 25 at his dormitory at the College of New Jersey after attending an off-campus party. Friends told police the art major from Mantua Township appeared to be drunk but otherwise fine. His roommate reported him missing about 36 hours later.

Authorities said they were investigating whether Fiocco had gone down a dorm trash chute and into the bin. They would not say whether they thought he had been forced down the chute, or whether they believed he was still alive at the time.

The trash from the dorm is compacted, then taken to the landfills in Bucks County, Pa.

Investigators used a cadaver dog Friday to search around the campus' two lakes, state police said.

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