JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- George Louissaint, the 20-year-old UNF student who was missing for nearly a week in February, was found to have committed suicide by drowning.

According to the autopsy report from the Medical Examiner's Office, Louissaint had below the legal limit's worth of alcohol in his system at the time. 

He also had Ramelteon, a drug used to treat insomnia, in his system. When mixed with alcohol, Ramelteon's effects can be enhanced.

Louissaint Jr., 20, was reported missing Sunday, Feb. 12. The search for him continued for six days until his body was found in a retention pond in the District at Kernan Apartment complex. His friend, Markale Ford, 19, told police that he had been drinking alcohol because he was upset about an issue with his girlfriend. Louissaint Jr. then told Ford, "You may not see me tomorrow," before he took off into a wooded area in the southwest portion of Osprey Flats, just south of the area where Louissaint Jr.'s body was recovered.

Louissaint was well-loved, family and friends flocked to the scene where his body was found.


Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for Americans. Helping to bring down the numbers of this public health crisis lies in getting help and knowing the warning signs. There are many resources available through the internet including live chats and fact sheets about helping to understand signs in others.

The National Suicide Prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, seek out one of the many resources through the National Suicide Prevention website. You are not alone.