Missing HBCU Student Adam Dowdell Found Dead In Alabama


A sophomore Alabama State University student was found dead on Monday (September 14).

Montgomery and ASU police responded to the 800 block of Hutchinson Street after receiving a report of a possible body found. The body was transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy and was identified as 22-year-old Adam Dowdell Jr.

Dowdell Jr.’s mother, Toya Cohill, said she last spoke with her son on Tuesday (September 15). She started receiving messages from his friends that he had not returned to his dorm room and that no one had heard from him.

Cohill said she learned on Tuesday night that he left with another student saying he was going to get cash from the bank. He was last known to be wearing a white shirt, checkerboard pants, and Air Jordan 12 sneakers. Dowdell did not have a car with him at school, and his mother said if he had been planning to be gone long, he would have taken his book bag and a phone charger with him. Both were left behind.

Cohill and other family members rushed to Montgomery in search of him, but they were unable to track his phone because the location has been turned off and the phone is dead.

ASU President Quinton T. Ross Jr. released a statement Monday night about Dowdell’s death.

"We all had hoped for a different outcome,'' Ross said. “Losing a student is always difficult, and the Hornet Nation is in mourning over his death. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Adam’s mother and the rest of his family and friends as they face this tragic loss.”

No arrests have been made and Dowdell Jr.'s death is still under investigation.

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