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Mar 11, 2016 5:11 PM

Students, faculty grieving NH teen that was found dead after going missing


PIKE - Students and faculty at Oliverian Boarding School were grieving Friday after one of their students was found dead Thursday.

Student Alex Lee, 14 years old, went missing from the high school on Tuesday. After an intensive search with roughly 100 officials and volunteers, Thursday the Grafton County Sheriff's Office announced Alex's body was found.

Head of School Will Laughlin said, "You wouldn't think in a place like Pike, New Hampshire, if there is a problem the Calvary would come. But the Calvary came."

No details have been released on how Alex died, only that the death is not considered suspicious.

Oliverian school brought in counselors specializing in grief and trauma for students and staff on Friday.

"They lost a friend, someone they cared a lot about," said Laughlin.

"It's confusing. It's painful, but I will tell you this is a group of adults that have been unbelievable and have wrapped around the kids and have wrapped around each other, " said Laughlin.

Oliverian is a private alternative boarding school. Its mission statement characterizes itself as a school "committed to students who have struggled in more traditional settings." Kids are there voluntarily. Laughlin said in the school's ten year history Alex is only the third student to leave without permission. There are 40 to 50 students and nearly that many faculty members who become an extended family for students.

Alex's legal name is Emma Caraballa but went by Alex Lee. The school said Alex gender identified as male.

Laughlin said, "Alex was a sweet, creative, sometimes silly kid. Just a really pleasant kid to be around. He's missed."


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