Updated 03/09/2011 05:45 AM
Search crews find body of missing teen in Putnam Creek
The body of a Westchester County teen has been found in Saratoga Springs. Now police focus on finding out what led to Alexander Grant's death. Our C.J. Spang reports.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Search crews have found the body of a 19-year-old Westchester County man who was reported missing after a party in Saratoga Springs over the weekend.
Saratoga Springs city firefighters and New York State Forest Rangers located the body of Alexander Grant submerged in Putnam Creek around 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Grant was visiting friends from Skidmore College and attended a house party on Church Street late Saturday night. He left the party between 11:30 and midnight, and less than two hours later, surveillance video captured Grant breaking into an office building through a window at 3 Care Lane. He was seen leaving the building less than an hour later. Grant's friends reported him missing around 5 p.m. Sunday.
Police said a pool of blood was found near the broken window, and his pants, identification and one sock were found on the ground about 150 feet from the building.
Grant's body was found within three-tenths of a mile from the office building at 3 Care Lane. Police said he had become entangled in underbrush beneath the waterline and was found by firefighters using underwater probing equipment.
"As a parent of 19-year-old college student, my heart goes out, sincerely, to the family of Alexander. I met with his family, his sister, his parents, other family members, and one can only imagine what is going through their minds right now," said Saratoga Springs Police Chief Christopher Cole.
Police would not comment on whether alcohol played a factor in Grant's death, but they do believe he drank at the party. An autopsy will be conducted as the investigation continues.