Missing IU students’ bodies recovered Tuesday according to DNR

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – APRIL 17: Members of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources use boats to search in cold rough waters for two missing Indiana University Students on April 17, 2023 at Monroe Lake near Bloomington, Indiana. The missing IU Kelly School of Business students, Siddhant Shah, 19, and Aryan Vaidya, 20, were last seen while swimming at the lake Saturday. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

“The bodies of Siddhant Shah, 19, and Aryan Vaidya, 20, have been recovered from Monroe Lake.

This morning at approximately 11:23 a.m., Indiana Conservation Officers located and recovered the bodies of the victims in 18 feet of water in an area east of the Paynetown Marina.” – DNR


The following was sent to the Bloomingtonian Monday:

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

402 W. Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204

For immediate release: April 17, 2023

UPDATE: Search resumes for two missing at Monroe Lake (Monroe County)

The search for two men who went missing Saturday afternoon while swimming at Monroe Lake is ongoing.

Crews used side scan sonar and scuba divers all day Sunday to search the area where the men were last seen in the water. High winds and rough water created obstacles for officers conducting the search. 

Conservation officers are back on the water this morning to continue the search and recovery operation.

Release as of April 16, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.

Indiana Conservation Officers are resuming the search this morning for two missing Indiana University students in the water at Monroe Lake. 

Siddhant Shah, 19, and Aryan Vaidya, 20, were boating on a pontoon with friends on Monroe Lake yesterday afternoon when the group anchored to swim. When both men did not resurface, friends tried to help but were unsuccessful.

Rescue units utilizing side scan sonar and scuba divers searched the area before suspending search operations for the night due to darkness. Conservation Officers will resume their search this morning. 

Indiana University Student Services assisted with transporting the group back to campus and providing counselling services.

Units assisting in the search include the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Bloomington Police Department, IU Police Department, Monroe County Dive Team, IU Dean of Students Office, Monroe Fire Protection District, and IU Health EMS.

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