Campus mourns death of missing student
By Office of Media Relations September 27, 2012 Category: Campus News
Human remains found near a trailhead in Pacific Palisades have been identified as those of David John Goeser, a UCLA student missing since July, the family and coroner's officials said.
"The UCLA community mourns this tragedy. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family and friends," Chancellor Gene Block said.
Goeser, a UCLA senior majoring in English, was last seen on Pacific Coast Highway in the area of Coral Beach, and his car was found in Pacific Palisades on July 25. Goeser's roommates last saw him at their Westwood apartment on July 22, police said.
Hikers reported finding remains near the entrance of Los Liones Canyon Trail last Saturday, Sept. 22, according to police.
Goeser was under a doctor's care and taking medication at the time of his disappearance, according to a flier posted by his family.
"We are deeply saddened to report that ... the Los Angeles County Coroner's office confirmed that the remains found this past Saturday belong to our dear son, David. Regrettably, David took his own life," the family said on the "Find David Goeser" Facebook page. "While we grieve this tremendous loss, we are immensely grateful for the love and support of all who helped us in our search."
Coroner's officials said Goeser died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, Calif., the family said. Additional information, they said, will be posted to the Facebook page.
Counseling for members of the campus community is available through UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services.
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