Update Regarding the Search for Daniel Lee

A message sent to members of the Lehigh community.

Dear Members of the Lehigh Community,

I am deeply saddened to share an update regarding the search for second-year Lehigh student Daniel Lee. After a concerted search effort last winter failed to provide any information about his disappearance, we received confirmation today that a body recovered in the Lehigh River last week was Daniel’s.

Lehigh University representatives have been in contact with Daniel’s family, and our thoughts and sincerest condolences are with his family, friends and loved ones.

Struggling with mental health and well-being is a difficult subject that is important to address openly and directly as a community. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or emotional distress, there are counselors and resources available through Lehigh for students, faculty and staff (including off-campus support through MySSP). You also can call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing or texting 988 or using chat services at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

As we come together to support one another, I also encourage those who may be struggling with their mental health to seek support.

The lack of definitive information surrounding Daniel’s disappearance has been especially hard on those close to him, and the loss of a student is upsetting for our entire Lehigh community. If you are struggling with your thoughts or emotions, remember you are not alone, and there are resources and Lehigh staff to support you.

My thoughts are with everyone in our community as we process this difficult news together.

Joseph J. Helble ’82