Body found in pond confirmed as Purdue graduate student

WEST LAFAYETTE — An identification has been made of the body of a man found in a West Lafayette pond on August 23.

The Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 30-year-old Minxi Yang from China. The ID was based on DNA results from the Indiana State Laboratory.

Yang was a graduate student at Purdue University.

His body was found by West Lafayette police in a retention pond just north of the William H. Harrison bridge.

It’s unknown how Yang got into the water, and the coroner’s office has not released a final cause and manner of death. That information is pending a final autopsy report.