Cheryl Thompson Beckles speaks at a vigil for her son Kodi Kadeem Beckles, held Tuesday evening at SUNY Plattsburgh. Approximately 1,000 students and friends of Kodi Beckles filled the Memorial Hall gym for the vigil.
The Plattsburgh State community came together Monday, after news that missing student Kodi Kadeem Beckles was found dead in a wooded area just outside the City of Plattsburgh.
Beckles, 20, was reported missing Saturday evening. He was last seen leaving a fraternity party in Downtown Plattsburgh early Saturday, after being inducted into the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He was seen on foot in the vicinity of Cornelia and Wells Streets at approximately 1 a.m.
Plattsburgh city and SUNY Plattsburgh police searched for Beckles throughout Sunday. At about 10:40 a.m. Monday, members of the Plattsburgh City Police Special Response Team located Beckles’ body behind Knight Automotive, at 383 Route 3 in the Town of Plattsburgh.
The investigation is being handled jointly by Plattsburgh City Police, State University of New York Police and the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, because of the overlap of jurisdictions.
“There is no evidence to indicate foul play at this time, but the case remains under investigation,” said State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Captain Robert LaFountain during a hastily prepared press conference Monday.
News of Beckles’ body being located was first released by SUNY Plattsburgh at about 11 a.m. Almost immediately common areas at the stunned college began to fill with people. Many discussed the loss, trying to make sense of it. Others wept quietly. SUNY Plattsburgh almost immediately made arrangements for grief counselors to be available for students, and began planning vigils to remember Beckles.
Kodi Beckles was originally from Poughkeepsie, and came to SUNY Plattsburgh in 2013 after graduating from Dutchess County Community College. His family asked not to be interviewed.
If anyone has information about the case they are asked to call Plattsburgh State Police, at 563-3761, Plattsburgh City Police, at 563-3411, or SUNY Plattsburgh Police, at 564-2022.