Body Found in Pond Identified as Missing FSU Student

Jorge Alexander Altuna
Posted at 12:45 PM, Nov 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-27 14:35:34-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - The body found by authorities in a pond in downtown Tallahassee on Thanksgiving has been identified as a Florida State University student reported missing earlier this week.

According to the Leon County Sheriff's Office, Jorge "Alex" Altuna was reported missing by his family on November 24th; they hadn't heard from him since Sunday and were worried about his safety.

The 23-year-old found himself in trouble with law enforcement twice in less than a week in the days leading to his discovery, with FSU police issuing warrants for his arrest.

The Sheriff's Office says Altuna was arrested on November 17 for driving with a suspended license.

He was then pulled over by FSU police Sunday night for running a stop sign and ran while officers processed his passport.

The Sheriff's Office says that was the last time Altuna was seen alive.

A missing persons report was filed Wednesday, and deputies were called to Carter-Howell-Strong Park Thursday.

A Tallahassee Fire Department dive team searched the pond after Tallahassee police were told a body was seen in the water.

Investigators pulled Altuna's body from the pond and found several items that may have belonged to him.

An autopsy and toxicology screening were done Friday, but results for both have not been released.

Deputies say at this time there are no signs of foul play but that the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Leon County Sheriff's Office Violent Crime Unit (850) 606-3400 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.