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San Diego college student commits suicide by drowning

San Diego college student commits suicide by drowning
Divers at Lake Murray in San Diego during the search for Christian Ayala. A body retrieved from the lake bottom has been identified as that of the 18-year-old college student from San Jose. (Fox-5 San Diego)

An 18-year-old college student from San Jose committed suicide by drowning in a lake in San Diego, according to the county medical examiner.

The body of Christian Pier Ayala was recovered at the bottom of Lake Murray, according to a medical examiner report posted Friday.

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On the morning of March 25, a visitor to the lake had found Ayala's backpack, wallet and cellphone on the shore. Footprints led to the lake but none led away, according to the report.

Officials later found a suicide note in Ayala's dormitory room at San Diego State University.

On March 26, a punctured raft with a vodka bottle washed ashore. On March 27, divers using sonar retrieved a body at the bottom of the lake.

Confirmation that the body was that of Ayala was posted Friday. His family had already been notified.

Twitter: @LATsandiego

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