On November 8, 2008, the parents of college student Trevor Boehm arrived at the Northwestern university campus for Family Weekend. It was supposed to be a fun visit, but they discovered their son was missing.
According to the university, the 20-year-old hadn't been in his residence hall, attended classes or used his student ID in the dining halls since Wednesday, November 5, four days before he was reported missing.
Trevor’s body was found in Lake Michigan on November 16, 2008.
The Search for Trevor
Northwestern University Police began its investigation immediately following the missing person report, and the school notified students two days later. During the investigation, police discovered that Boehm had not used his WildCARD or Marlock key since Nov. 5, when he was last seen returning to his dorm room. The investigation turned up no other leads. Throughout the investigation, the university has said that there is no indication of foul play.
On November 13, about 11:30 a.m, Boehm’s brown suede jacket containing his Northwestern identification card, keys, and cell phone was found among the rocks on the shore of Lake Michigan (in an area reported as the Lakefill). Boehm's family is then notified of the discovery and the U.S. Coast Guard to begin searching Lake Michigan with a boat and a helicopter. The water had been too choppy for a search of Lake Michigan earlier in the week.
On Sunday, November 16, the body of Trevor Boehm was spotted in Lake Michigan just before 7:30. The body, which was positively identified as Boehm, was found about seven miles south of Northwestern near Montrose Harbor in the 4500 block of North Simonds Drive. An autopsy on Monday, November 17 found that Boehm died of drowning. The manner of death (eg., accident, suicide, homicide) is pending further investigation.
His green Schwinn bicycle, with oversized seat and tires, still has not been found. Trevor's whereabouts in the hours leading up to his disappearance are also still unknown.
November 5 – Trevor Boehm disappears.
November 8 - Boehm's parents arrive for Family Weekend and are unable to reach their son. They notify the University police.
November 9 – The University discovers that Trevor’s id card had not been used since November 5, and a missing person’s report is filed.
November 10 – Students are notified about the disappearance.
November 16 – Trevor’s body is recovered from Lake Michigan.
November 17 – An autopsy finds Trevor had drowned. The manner of death is not determined.
About Trevor Boehm
Trevor Boehm graduated from Colorado Springs School, a private high school with a concentration on the arts, where he was very involved in the school’s theater program. Boehm enrolled at Northwestern in fall 2007 as a theater major and lived on the fifth floor of Willard Residential College. At the time, he was a freshman board representative for the Purple Crayon Players, an on-campus theater group. According to the Office of the Registrar, he completed his first term last year before leaving NU sometime during winter quarter. He re-enrolled his fall in the School of Communication and was living in a single room on the fourth floor of South Mid-Quads Hall.
Friends described Trevor as “vibrant, caring, compassionate” and from a “tight-knit family.” They say that although he was struggling at school, he remained his usual charismatic and positive self. He was a happy person with many friends. They added that his disappearance was “completely out of character.” His friends insist that he would have told somebody if he had needed alone time, and he was definitely not the kind of person to get mixed up in any wrong doing.
Name/age: Trevor Boehm, 20 (freshman)
Hometown: Monument, Colorado
College: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Residence: South Mid-Quads in a single room (no roommate)
Reported missing: Sunday 11/9/08
Recovered: Sunday 11/16/08
Physical description: 5’10,” 145 pounds, white male, brown hair, brown eyes, small birthmark on his right forearm.
Belongings: Trevor's bicycle, a green Schwinn with oversized tires and oversized seat, is still missing.
Additional notes: One day previous to his disappearance, Nov. 4, Election Day, was extremely crowded due to the volume of supporters at the Obama rally in Grant Park and many streets were closed off.