UPDATED: University student linked to plane crash in Ontario

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 6:13pm

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A missing University of Michigan male graduate student has been connected to a plane crash in Ontario, Canada.

According to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police obtained by MLive, the plane — rented from the Ann Arbor Airport — was found near Marathon, a Canadian town 463 miles from Ann Arbor. Authorities reported the plane crashed at 11:38 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15.

The pilot was not found in the wreckage, according to Diane Brown, spokeswoman of the Division of Public Safety and Security.

He was last seen the morning of the crash on March 15, and later rented a small airplane from the Ann Arbor Airport.

After flying north, the plane was later found crashed in southwest Ontario. 

"Both the active air and ground searches for him have been suspended," Brown wrote in the release. "University Police have reasons to believe his actions likely were an act of self-harm."

The investigation is being held by The Transportation Safety Board of Canada and the University is involved in the missing person case.

This article has been updated to include more information from the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security. Continue to check back for more updates.