The Carroll County coroner this morning confirmed the death of Purdue football player Sean Matti.
“On behalf of the entire Purdue Boilermaker family, our hearts go out to Sean’s family – Frank and Karen, Samantha, Kyle and Amanda – and all those who knew and loved him,” athletics director Morgan Burke said. “It is during difficult times like these that families must unite to grow stronger, and we extend our hands out to help however we can.”
Head coach Danny Hope said: “Purdue football is a family, and I am terribly saddened by the loss of one of our young men. Sally’s and my prayers continue to go out to Sean’s family and all his friends and loved ones. He was a special young man whose positive spirit will be a part of our program forever.”
Matti, from Shoreview, Minn., was reported missing Sunday around 11:30 p.m., and rescue personnel searched for him all day Monday. The search resumed at 5 a.m. today, and his body was recovered in Lake Freeman in Monticello, Ind.
The 22-year-old Matti (born Sept. 18, 1988) joined the football program in 2007 as a walkon running back.
Assistant coach Donn Landholm spent Monday in Monticello with Matti’s family, and assistants Sean Clark and Cornell Jackson arrived this morning. Marty Dittmar, who serves as volunteer chaplain for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, also is on site.