Body of U of I Student Discovered Under Bridge, Apparent Victim of Hypothermia


Tragedy has struck the University of Idaho campus for the second time in three days.

A U of I student, who went missing after leaving a Jan. 19 fraternity party, was found dead Monday afternoon under a bridge five miles from campus.

The body of 18-year-old Joseph Wiederrick of Boise was discovered by members of the Latah County Search and Rescue Team under the Paradise Creek bridge. Law enforcement believes Wiederrick may have slipped into the bed of the creek and sought refuge from the cold under the bridge. He likely died of hypothermia. Moscow Police say Wiederrick walked about five to seven miles in the cold by himself that night, even knocking on several strangers' homes.

The same day that Widderick went missing, another 18-year-old male U of I student was discovered in his dormitory room at the Wallace Complex on the Moscow campus, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot.