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Single red shoe found on body pulled from Tempe Salt River

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TEMPE, Ariz. -
Tempe police say the body they recovered from the Salt River near the spot where an ASU student was last seen was wearing a single red shoe. There's a good chance it is the missing teen.

The location of the body near Tempe Marketplace was also key because the student was last seen being kicked out of a bar there on Nov. 30.

Investigators searched the same area of water before but didn't turn up anything.

It's believed the weather likely played a role in finding the body on Sunday.

Just yards from Jack Culolias' "missing" sign, volunteer searchers may have found his body, floating in the river.

Police say the body they found had one red shoe.

"Everything we have so far, the clothing description as well as the shoe, everything right now is indicating it is Jack," said Sgt. Mike Pooley with Tempe police.

The news from investigators brought Culolias' friends to tears.

The red shoe was key for investigators because Jack's mother found the other shoe in some bushes, days after he disappeared.

The body was found in the water near where Culolias' mother found his one red shoe and also where investigators searched extensively in the days after he disappeared.

"Which makes us believe because of the recent rain, we've had the water rising, it helped loosen the body where it was at," said Pooley.

After investigators stopped searching the river last week, Culolias' friends and family reached out to volunteer groups for help.

"They had asked us, 'don't stop'," said Kill Privia, a volunteer searcher.

"We just were relentless, we kept searching. We weren't going to give up," said Dayna Miller, a volunteer searcher.

It was Thomas Wind and his group of volunteers, with Arizona Search Track and Rescue, who first spotted the body around 10:30 a.m.

"The dogs get a scent, they smelled a body and give us an alert they found something," said Wind. "We wanted him found but we didn't want him found this way."

"It does not appear there is any foul play in this at all..it looks like it was just a tragic accident at this point," said
Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley.

They say the Culolias family has been notified of the discovery.

The medical examiner is expected to officially identify the body and determine the cause of death on Monday or Tuesday.
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