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Body found Saturday is misisng Duluth East student

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Body found Saturday is misisng Duluth East student
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Family members of Sylvester McCurry say they have been told that the body found in the Superior harbor Saturday afternoon was the 18-year-old Duluth East student who has been missing since Jan. 17.


Joan Durfee, McCurry's grandmother, was on her way to the Twin Ports Sunday from the Twin Cities with McCurry's mother, Tammy Carter.

"It's over. I guess we knew this may have been what happened. But it's hard. I don't know what we're feeling right now,'' Durfee said Sunday. "They told us his I.D. was in his pocket and that he was wearing the clothes we described... the Nike's and the polo shirt.''

Durfee said she and Carter will meet with Superior police detectives when they arrive in the Twin Ports.

"We don't know a whole lot more than that. They said they found him in the water down a street or an alley that would have been a route he left the Stargate,'' she said, referring to the Superior nightclub where McCurry was last seen in January.

Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec said the body was found about 4:09 p.m. Saturday near the Midwest Energy coal terminal and that they were determining whether it is McCurry.

The "Help find Sylvester McCurry" website on Facebook posted the following statement this morning: "The battle for Sylvester missing is over. Questions are not answered but knowing Sly is in a much better place puts the heart at ease. We will always always miss and love you Sylvester."

McCurry was kicked out of a Sunday night alcohol-free event at the Stargate apparently because he appeared intoxicated. No one saw him after that, and his vanishing left friends, family and investigators with no leads.

After McCurry's disappearance, family members, friends, volunteers and law enforcement personnel searched North Superior for days without turning up a trace of the teenager. Volunteers passed out flyers asking for the public help.

Earlier this month, with fishing seasons opening in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, McCurry's family asked anglers to look for signs of McCurry.

A Superior police report said "information received from the beginning of the case indicated that McCurry was intoxicated on the night he disappeared. As a result, investigators have considered the possibility that McCurry attempted to cross the St. Louis River or harbor in an attempt to get back to Duluth."