The Hennepin County sheriff's office is searching the Mississippi River for two western Wisconsin high school students who reportedly jumped from the Stone Arch Bridge early Tuesday morning.
Witnesses reported the two jumped around 4:30 a.m. It is believed they have drowned, but police will continue their search.
Tuesday afternoon, St. Croix Central High School principal Glenn Webb confirmed sophomore Erika Borgstrom and senior Dakotah Coach took their own lives.
"The St. Croix Central School District community is grieving the loss of two wonderful students. Erika Borgstrom, a sophomore, and Dakotah Coach, a senior, took their own lives early Tuesday morning, May 14, 2013," Webb said in a statement. "Both were excellent students and outstanding musicians. They will be missed greatly by all who knew them. Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to their families, friends and the entire community during this very difficult time."
St. Croix Central students were given the news shortly after school began for the day Tuesday. Counselors were at school immediately and are available to meet with students and staff individually and in groups for the next few weeks as needed.
All school activities are continuing as scheduled.
According to the River Falls Journal, the St. Croix County sheriff's office had been searching for Borgstrom since Friday, May 10 when she left her home in Roberts, Wis. and never returned.
At about 6:30 p.m. that evening, Borgstrom sent a text message to her mother that she would be home shortly. Moments later, family and friends received a mass text that said "I LOVE YOU."
Her boyfriend, Dakotah Coach, was also reported missing, and the two were seen together at Walmart in Woodbury, Minn. where the couple purchased a blanket.