Dear Members of the Northeastern Community,

It is with deepest sadness that I’m writing to inform you that the search for our missing student, Dennis Njoroge, came to a tragic conclusion on New Year’s Eve.  Since Dennis’s disappearance several weeks ago, many members of the Northeastern community joined city and state law enforcement officials in a sustained effort to locate him. We have confirmed through our work with the Massachusetts State Police that the search has now ended.

Born in Kenya, Dennis graduated from Burncoat High School in Worcester, and was currently studying Media Arts at the College of Arts, Media and Design.  He was a familiar face to students at the basketball courts in Marino, and was looking forward to beginning a co-op at a television news station in Boston this month.  Over the holidays, we continued to hope for Dennis’s safe return, even as we felt his absence.  He will be missed greatly.

I’m deeply grateful to every member of our community, especially Dennis’s fellow students, who leafleted and held events raising awareness of his disappearance.  I also thank the members of the NUPD and our Division of Student Affairs, who have provided such caring support during this difficult time.

I know all of us join in sending our most profound condolences to Dennis’s family and friends.

I encourage anyone who requires counseling services or other assistance to contact We Care at 617-373-4384 or  As always, our community will be here to help anyone who needs support in light of this tragic news.

In sorrow, I wish you a safe New Year.


Joseph E. Aoun