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GBI: Body in missing student's truck is student
Bryce Tarter mugweb
Bryce Tarter

SAVANNAH - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a body police found inside the pickup truck of a missing Savannah college student is the student's.

The body was discovered Tuesday in the driver's seat of a truck police found submerged in a creek.

Micah Ward, special agent in charge of the Statesboro field office of the GBI, told The Associated Press late Wednesday evening that authorities had used dental records to confirm the body was that of 19-year-old Bryce Tarter, a student at Armstrong Atlantic State University who has been missing since Jan. 31.

Tarter of Kittery, Maine, was last seen leaving the campus in his truck. A road nearby dead-ends at the creek where the vehicle was found.

Ward says authorities are still awaiting the results of testing on the body to determine a cause of death.

  Tarter was last seen leaving AASU campus in his truck, wearing a dark brown jacket, white button-down shirt with a blue tie, and an Atlanta Braves cap. He was reported missing Feb. 2, and had attended a party in Statesboro just before his disappearance.

More than 40,000 people logged onto a Facebook site, and a massive awareness campaign was launched to find Tarter, with people riding horseback, on four-wheelers, on foot and in boats and other vehicles on several occasions to search for the missing teen.

  According to accounts from friends, Tarter attended a party at Georgia Southern University Jan. 30, then rode back to AASU with friends who live in a dorm there. He got into his truck around 5 a.m. and had not been seen since. Neither had the truck, which is a white Nissan Frontier short bed, 2000 model, with a black grill on front, tinted windows and sports stickers - Atlanta Braves "A" on the rear driver's side and an Atlanta Falcons decal on the rear passenger side.   It bore a Maine tag.