Sean Matti's body found in lake

Updated: July 5, 2011, 4:23 PM ET
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The body of a Purdue football player who had been missing since Sunday night has been recovered from an Indiana lake, the school confirmed Tuesday.

Purdue said the body of Sean Matti, a 22-year-old running back from Shoreview, Minn., was found floating in Lake Freeman about 30 yards from shore by officers from the state Department of Natural Resources, the Carroll County Sheriff's Department said.

The school said the Carroll County coroner's office confirmed the death.

Matti, a fifth-year senior walk-on who was attending a party with friends, was last seen swimming in Lake Freeman at 5 p.m. local time on Sunday afternoon, according to Indiana media reports. He was reported missing about six hours later. Lake Freeman is about 25 miles north of Purdue's West Lafayette campus.

"On behalf of the entire Purdue Boilermaker family, our hearts go out to Sean's family ... and all those who knew and loved him," Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said in a statement.

"Purdue football is a family, and I am terribly saddened by the loss of one of our young men," coach Danny Hope said. "[Wife] Sally's and my prayers continue to go out to Sean's family and all his friends and loved ones. He was a special young man whose positive spirit will be a part of our program forever."