Missing Southern College of Optometry student found dead

Published: Jan. 10, 2016 at 9:49 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2016 at 8:52 PM CST
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LINCOLN, NE (WMC) - Missing Southern College of Optometry student Craig Baxter was found dead in Nebraska.

Lincoln, Nebraska, police said a passerby found Baxter's body Sunday afternoon in a car that was parked in an apartment garage.

The cause of death has not been released, but no foul play is expected.

Baxter was a fourth year student at Southern College of Optometry. He was on pace to become a doctor at the end of the school year.

"It is with great sadness that I share this message to report the passing of our fourth-year extern, Craig Baxter," SCO president Dr. Lewis Reich said in a statement. Dr. Reich went on to say, "The concern for his safety made headlines from Nebraska to Memphis. During such a difficult time, it has been heartening to see so many people show compassion.

Baxter, 28, did not report for the first day of his optometry rotation in Omaha, Nebraska during the first week of January.

Baxter's parents said they had not seen him since 7 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2016.

The Southern College of Optometry shared condolences on its Facebook page:

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