Human remains confirmed to be missing AU student; foul play not suspected

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AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) – Human remains discovered over the weekend in Auburn have been positively identified as belonging to a missing Auburn University Student.

Auburn Police respond to a body found on Nov. 10 along Soutbview Drive

“On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Auburn Police responded to a residence in the 500 Block of Southview Drive in reference to the discovery of an individual found deceased in an out building on the property, where it appears he had been staying,” shared Auburn Captain Lorenza Dorsey.

The Auburn Police Division, the State of Alabama Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Lee County Coroner’s Office positively identified the man as Chih-Kai Lai, a 22-year-old Asian student enrolled at Auburn University who was reported missing on August 19, 2019.

Police say the location where Lai’s body was located was not a known area for him to frequent or live at. Police didn’t search the area when he end missing because they didn’t know he had been staying there and apparently neither did anybody else.

Investigators say a preliminary investigation and postmortem examination indicates although Lai was last seen on August 18; he had only been deceased for a matter days and foul play is not suspected.

Auburn University released the following statement:


“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Chih-Kai Lai. He will always be a member of the Auburn Family, and we mourn his loss.”

Lee Co. Coroner Bill Harris says a death investigation is still underway to determine exactly what happened to Lai.

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