UPDATE: MU research fellow found dead

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | 2:14 p.m. CDT; updated 12:37 p.m. CDT, Thursday, March 24, 2011

COLUMBIA — Columbia police confirmed Wednesday afternoon that an MU research fellow who had been reported missing has been found dead.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol found the body of Norman "Paul" Nolen, 27, inside his car on the Interstate 70 exit ramp at Midway.


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Nolen, of Memphis, Tenn., was a research fellow in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. He was last seen Saturday and had not reported to work since that time. His family reported him missing to Columbia police on Monday.

His family was in Columbia searching for him, Marcus Jones, his cousin, said.

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Laura Crossno March 23, 2011 | 2:54 p.m.

Pretty sad but he was found dead in his car. He commited suicide.

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Emily Roman March 23, 2011 | 2:58 p.m.

We are looking into this right now. Thank you.

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Louis Schneebaum March 24, 2011 | 6:00 p.m.

What happened to this man? This is tragic. They don't know how he ended up dead in a car at an interstate exit?????????

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