Police Continue Search for Jennifer Houle, Vigil Set for Tuesday at U of M

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will continue searching the Mississippi River for Jennifer Houle on Tuesday.

Video evidence shows Houle, 22, “enter the Mississippi River” from the 10th Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis Friday morning, Minneapolis Police said Monday morning.

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder did not say if video evidence showed if Houle jumped or fell into the water, but footage does show she was alone at the time.

No suspects are being sought.

Houle was last seen between 1-2 a.m. March 27 at the Blarney Bar in Dinkytown. At about 3 a.m. Friday morning a purse — confirmed to belong to Houle — was found in the 1100 block of 4th Street SE.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the Houle family and all of Jennifer’s many friends,” a statement from police reads. “The Minneapolis Police Department and the family of Jennifer Houle wish to thank the many people who provided support, assistance and information since Jennifer’s disappearance. The Houle family has requested privacy at this difficult time.”

Houle, a Lake Elmo native, graduated from Stillwater Area High School in 2011. She is a Carlson School of Management Student, and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.

A candle light vigil is planned Tuesday night at about 7:30 p.m. on the plaza of Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota campus.

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