Body of ECU student found near Wrightsville Beach

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - The body of a missing East Carolina University student has been found near Wrightsville Beach.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says search crews located Ian Malson's body around 2:30 p.m.

The man was swimming with friends near Palm Tree Island Saturday night when they noticed he wasn't back at the boat and called for help.

The 21-year-old was studying construction management at ECU.


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Authorities are searching for a missing ECU student who was last seen swimming near Palm Tree Island near Wrightsville Beach.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says crews are looking for 21-year-old Ian Malson. He was last seen wearing blue shorts and a purple shirt. He is 5'8" and between 130 and 140 pounds.

Our sister station WECT reports he was swimming with friends near Palm Tree Island Saturday night when his friends noticed he wasn't back at the boat and called for help.

The ECU's registrar's office confirms he has been enrolled at the university since fall of 2017. He is studying construction management.