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ALFRED ã Authorities who began the search this morning for a missing Alfred University student say they have found a body near campus.

Allegany County District Attorney Terrence Parker said a man’s body was found during the search, but he was unable to provide further details, including confirmation that the victim was the subject of today’s search.

This morning, multiple police departments began searching for Benjamin P. Klein, 21, a junior from Putney, Vermont, who was last seen by a Uni-Mart employee in Alfred between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Saturday evening.

Alfred Village Police Chief John Simons said Mr Klein’s car was partially crowded and he was going to leave the school.

Earlier this morning, Chief Simons said one of Mr Klein’s relatives is in town from Vermont and police are hoping for the best.

Mr. Klein was seen at the Uni-Mart at 51 N. Main St., and his vehicle was found at his residence at the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house, 55 N. Main St. The Fraternity Calls went unanswered this morning and Mr. Klein’s name is one of the names on the answering machine.

Mr Klein was on a Uni-Mart CCTV camera with severe bruising and swelling on his face, police said.

This morning Alfred Police, State Police, Allegany County Sheriff’s Deputies, Rangers and the Alfred Fire Department searched the village of Alfred and surrounding areas.

Chief Simons said he requested a helicopter but it was too windy to fly.

This morning Chief Simons said that Mr Klein had been involved in an incident prior to his departure, but this incident is under investigation and we are not disclosing any information.

“He was in the Uni-Mart and spoke to the clerk – we spoke to this clerk,” Chief Simons said. ßThe only thing I can say is that he has facial injuries from what we see on the CCTV camera.à

The police also requested assistance from Alfred University officials.

“We are very concerned for the welfare of this student and have been working with the police and his parents to try to locate him,” said Gerald Brody, vice president of student affairs.

Mr. Brody said university officials learned of Mr. Klein’s disappearance after Zeta Beta Tau members tried to locate him in residence halls on campus on Sunday. Police received a call to check on Mr Klein’s well-being at 2 a.m. on Sunday, then a missing person report was called at 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

University officials and police interviewed fraternity members in an effort to piece together what may have happened.

If anyone has any information, Alfred Police can be contacted at (607) 587-8877.


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