After being missing since Thursday night, Illinois State University student Matthew Listman was found dead near a creek in Normal. No foul play is suspected.
The 21-year-old was last seen around 10:15 p.m. Thursday near Main Street and Orlando Avenue in Normal. He had been reported missing Friday.
About 10 p.m. Friday, Normal Police Department officers located a body near a creek in the 900 block of North Main Street. The body was identified as Listman and was pronounced deceased at 11:14 p.m. Friday.
A preliminary autopsy indicates that Listman died of drowning, in the setting of cold exposure. According to a joint statement from NPD and the McLean County coroner's office, the death "does not appear to be criminal in nature."
Toxicology reports are still pending.
Listman was a senior business administration major at ISU. He was from Libertyville.
ISU's College of Business tweeted a statement Monday morning offering its condolences on Listman's passing.
We are devastated to learn of the tragic passing away our own College of Business student, Matthew Listman. The COB offers their deepest condolences to Matt’s family, friends, classmates, advisors, and instructors.— Business ISU (@BusinessISU) January 30, 2023
Listman's fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, posted on Instagram to memorialize him.
"Today, we suffer from the loss of our brother Matt Listman. To the family, friends and students who were affected by the passing of Matt Listman, Phi Gamma Delta offers its prayers and sincere condolences on behalf of the ISU community," the post stated.
ISU President Terri Goss Kinzy offered her condolences for Listman's friends, family and classmates in an email sent out to the campus community.
"Losing anyone is painful, but that pain is especially acute when we lose someone who is just starting their journey in life. Matthew’s passing is a shocking loss to our tight-knit College of Business community, and he will be greatly missed," Kinzy said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the NPD Criminal Investigations Division at (309) 454-9593 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kinzy's full email can be read below.
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