Officials locate body of ECU student last seen swimming at N.C. beach


WILMINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) We’re getting new information into the 9 On Your Side newsroom.

The body of a missing East Carolina University student has been found.

The information is from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

It comes one day after authorities and volunteers suspended the search for 21-year-old Ian William Malson.

He disappeared while swimming with friends off Palm Tree Island Saturday.

WNCT has learned the student’s friends realized he didn’t make it back to the boat and called for help.

ECU confirmed Malson’s enrollment at the school as a construction management major.


WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Officials are looking for a missing college student last seen swimming near a North Carolina beach.

Local news sources report the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Ian William Malson was last seen swimming with friends on Saturday near Palm Tree Island near Wrightsville Beach.

The U.S. Coast Guard says Malson’s friends realized he didn’t make it back to the boat and called for help.

East Carolina University confirms that Malson is enrolled at the school and is a construction management major.

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