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Dead Body Tentatively Identified as Mun

By Beckett W. Sterner


A male body recovered from the Charles River this Saturday has been tentatively identified as Daniel S. Mun ’05, a Chi Phi fraternity member who was last seen on Dec. 5.

The identification is based on Mun’s MIT ID card, which was found in the body’s pocket, said President of the Chi Phi House Corporation James Bueche ’62.

In addition, MIT News Director Arthur L. Jones said that “from what the police have said, the general description is that the height and the size [of the body] is consistent” with Mun’s height and size.

The official confirmation of the identity of the body awaits the comparison of dental records, said David Procopio, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, which is in charge of the investigation and autopsy.

“We're hoping that the autopsy is going to do a couple of things,” he said, such as “allow us to officially identify the deceased” and establish the cause of death.

He said they plan to do the autopsy today.

Body recovered from Charles

Passersby on the Harvard Bridge reported a body in the water shortly after 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Jonathan R. Moskaitis G, who was present during the recovery effort, said that the body was initially below the ice and a small distance away from the bridge.

By approximately 5 p.m., the Boston emergency dive team had recovered the body, which was clothed and wearing inline skates, from the river, Moskaitis said. He said that the body appeared to have been underwater for some time.

Dexter W. Ang ’05, Mun’s former roommate, said that Mun did own a pair of inline skates.

The DA’s office is “very actively investigating how he entered the water,” Procopio said. Following the official confirmation, he said, they plan to “go back and see if we can put some pieces of the puzzle together.”

Note found on Mun’s computer

The Boston Herald reported in December that Mun's father, Kyung Mun of Kirksville, Missouri, said “based on the note he left in his computer, he seemed to be depressed, and said goodbye.”

“I believe that there was something in his computer,” said John DiFava, director of Security and Campus Police Services, “indicating that he was sad.”

Ang said that Mun “was in his normal demeanor” in the days before he went missing. He said he was sure Mun was not suffering from too much stress and “did not have any negative feelings towards MIT.”

Memorial on Wed. at 8 p.m.

Ang said Chi Phi is planning a memorial service for Mun this Wednesday at 8 p.m.

He said that the specific location had not been finalized yet, but those under consideration are on MIT’s campus.

Ang said that Mun’s family will be in attendance, and that the plans for the memorial may include a slide show of pictures, a performance by the Korean drum group in which Mun participated, and the throwing of roses into the Charles River.

Death marks sad day for MIT

“The horrible uncertainty that we have all felt regarding Daniel Mun has ended with the outcome we most feared,” said MIT President Charles M. Vest in a statement. “I join his family and friends in mourning the loss of this fine young man.”

“I encourage any among us who feel the need for advice and comfort to contact MIT Medical, or talk with counseling deans or housemasters,” Vest said.

“We’re not going to forget him in our memories,” Ang said.