Body identified as missing former MU student

Nicholas Michael Coppola was last seen Dec. 12 in Columbia
Saturday, August 27, 2011 | 7:49 p.m. CDT; updated 8:23 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 27, 2011

ST. LOUIS — An eastern Missouri coroner has identified a body found in a creek as a missing St. Charles man who was last seen in December.

KTVI reports the Lincoln County coroner used dental records to identity 24-year-old Nicholas Michael Coppola, who was last seen Dec. 12 in his apartment in Columbia.

Previously, Coppola had attended MU as an economics major.

Police found his car abandoned two days later along Interstate 70 near Foristell. Investigators said his cellphone and wallet were found inside the car.

Coppola's body was found July 26 on the border of Lincoln and Warren counties.

Missourian staff contributed to this report.