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Missing WMU student found dead on Norwegian mountain
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Western Michigan University student visiting Norway amid a break during a study abroad program has been found dead.

The body of Dallas Rauker, a 21-year-old man from Lawton, Mich., was found Sunday morning on the Reinebringen mountain in the Lofoten Islands region, according to Norwegian media.

Western Michigan University spokeswoman Cheryl Roland confirmed Rauker's death.

Rauker was a senior at the university, majoring in integrated supply management and minoring in business, Roland said. He was attending Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands as part of a study abroad program associated with WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

Rauker spent time during the school's fall break last week to go hiking in Norway, Roland said. Family became concerned when they hadn't heard from him during the middle of the week, and they contacted WMU. University officials then contacted Utrecht officials.

"From there, they worked with (Norwegian) officials and the U.S. Embassy," Roland said. "Ultimately, a missing persons report was filed, and they were able to pinpoint the area in Norway ... where to search."

Officials searched the area since Friday and were occasionally hindered by inclement weather, Roland said.

Rauker's parents departed Saturday to Amsterdam, she added.

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