2 Wis. Teens Reportedly Jumped from Stone Arch Bridge

Posted at: 05/14/2013 3:38 PM
Updated at: 05/14/2013 4:50 PM
By: Maricella Miranda

Two teens from western Wisconsin, who have been missing since Friday, likely committed suicide by jumping from the Stone Arch Bridge into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

Erika Borgstrom, 16, a sophomore, and Dakotah Coach, 18, a senior, took their own lives early Tuesday morning, according a statement from Glenn Webb, principal at St. Croix Central High School in Roberts, where the students attended school.

"They will be missed greatly by all who knew them," Webb stated. "Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to their families, friends and the entire community during this very difficult time."

Borgstrom and Coach were excellent students and outstanding musicians, Webb said.

Coach and Borgstrom have been missing since Friday, according to the Central St. Croix News. Borgstrom got her driver's license on Friday, and was last seen at about 5 p.m. at Brickhouse Music in River Falls.

A phone message for her mother seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Coach's father, Shane Coach, said that his son was last seen at about 6 p.m. Friday in their front yard cleaning his trumpet, according to the Central St. Croix News.

"We just really love Dakotah and we really miss him," Shane Coach told KSTP on Tuesday. He declined to comment more about his son's death.

At the time of their disappearance, it was believed Coach and Borgstrom were together.

Authorities have not located the two missing people, who witnesses saw jump from the bridge at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

The witnesses did not know the people who jumped. Authorities from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the Minneapolis Fire Department are searching for the individuals.

It's believed that the two people have drowned, authorities said.

Students were told about the deaths after school began Tuesday. Counselors and clergy members arrived at the school to speak with students and staff about the incident. Counseling services will be available for the next few weeks as needed.

Webb asked that students, parents and community members stay vigilant regarding how family and friends are responding to the incident. Anyone with concerns about a person's emotional welfare can call the high school at 715-796-5358.

School activities are continuing as scheduled.