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Missing Gustavus student found dead, body 'concealed in a sleeping bag'

The 20-year-old was reported missing on Sept. 17.
Alexander John-Louis Sarlis

The body of a missing college student has been found inside an apartment complex in rural Minnesota. 

According to the Carver County Sheriff's Office, authorities found the body of 20-year-old Alexander John-Louis Sarlis "concealed inside a sleeping bag" in an apartment in Hamburg, Minnesota, which is located less than 30 miles from the southwest metro suburbs. 

Sarlis, from Delaware, was a student at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. That's where he was last seen before family members reported him missing on Sept. 17. 

Evidence led sheriff's deputies to a apartment on Brad Street in Hamburg, where his body was discovered after authorities entered the residence to conduct a search warrant. 

"He had obviously been deceased for several days," the news release from the sheriff's office says, noting that Sarlis "died of a likely drug overdose." 

His body was then concealed in a sleeping bag by at least two people. Two men have been arrested for interference with a dead body, while a woman was also arrested for stealing Sarlis' property after he died. 

All three have been booked into county jail on pending felony charges. 

A medical examiner and the sheriff's department continues to investigate the circumstances and official cause of Sarlis' death. 

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