Body of missing Dundalk IT student Ross Hanlon found in Vienna

The president of DkIT has paid tribute to the 21-year-old student

Tia Clarke


Tia Clarke


Ross Hanlon

Ross Hanlon was missing since Friday

Austrian police have recovered the body of missing Dundalk IT student, Ross Hanlon. 

The 21-year-old's body was found in the Danube canal in Vienna yesterday, nearly one week after he had gone missing.

Dr Michael Mulvey, President of Dundalk Institute of Technology paid tribute to the business student in a statement this morning saying: "We are deeply saddened by the news  of the death of our student, Ross Hanlon.

"On behalf of the entire Institute, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

He continued: "Ross will be missed by all at the Institute and will be remembered as a popular, outgoing and dedicated student.

"We are here to help our students and connect them with resources and support services on campus."

The DkIT President explained that the Institute’s confidential counselling service is open to all students and also said: "The Institute’s Chaplaincy and Students Union are also on hand to provide pastoral support."

The 21-year-old was last seen outside Flex nightclub in the Augartenbrucke district of Vienna, early on Friday morning.

Ross, who is a business student in DkIT, traveled to Vienna for a holiday with two friends.

Investigators told last week that Ross was seen walking down some stairs to the Danube Canal, which is a tributary of the River Danube.   

On Facebook Ross's brother, Craig paid tribute to all of the people who helped in the search saying: "I'd like to thank everyone for the support. We are going to bring Ross home and give him what he deserves we all love you so much and we will see you soon stay strong brother."