According to the Columbus Police Report, a body found near Ohio State's campus is that of missing Ohio State walk-on lineman Kosta Karageorge. CPD announced that Karageorge was found in a dumpster with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His tattoos were used in the identification.
Karageorge had been missing since Wednesday morning just before 2 a.m. when he texted his mother to apologize about complications resulting from a recently sustained concussion and following a fight with his girlfriend. Karageorge had suffered a history of brain injuries. Karageorge's cell phone had last been detected in the Grandview area before he was discovered Sunday.
The former Ohio State wrestler who left the team to pursue a football career was a fifth year senior was set to be recognized at senior day before the Buckeyes' game against Michigan. During the game instead, Ohio Stadium aired a PSA soliciting help in the search for him. He is survived by his mother Susan, his father George, and sister Sophia who all reside in Columbus.
The Ohio State athletic department released the following statement:
The Ohio State University Department of Athletics was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time.
Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends in light of this unthinkable tragedy.