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U of I student goes missing in India


A semester abroad has possibly turned deadly for one University of Iowa student.

Tom Plotkin of Minnetonka, Minn. was hiking above the Ganges River on Thursday when he twisted his ankle. He, then, fell down a steep drop to a boulder-strewn ledge. The drop was 100 yards.

Five other students were with him on this hike near Munsiyari.

The search for him continued Sunday, but those looking for the 20-year-old say they are losing hope they will ever find him.

Plotkin was a junior international business major at the University of Iowa. He had enrolled for a semester in the National Outdoor Leadership School of Lander, Wyo.

Plotkin's mother, Elizabeth Brenner, says he left for India last month.


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