Missing Hamilton Student Nicholas Pratico found dead across from Mercer Community College

Nicholas Pratico

Hamilton resident, 18 year old Nicholas Pratico who was reported missing on September 20th body was found across from Mercer County Community College on Monday morning.

The cause of his death is not yet known, authorities said.  Pratico  was a freshman at Mercer County Community College.

Pratico was last seen at freshman orientation at the college in West Windsor. A security camera recorded him on campus at 3 p.m. His family reported him missing at 10 p.m. that night.

A volunteer searcher found Pratico’s school ID card on a campus lawn near the Edinburg Road entrance a few days after Pratico’s disappearance, Hamilton police Sgt. Brian Schroeder said.

The Hamilton Police released a statement:

The Hamilton Police Division extends its deepest condolences to the Pratico family and would like to thank all the contributing state, local, county agencies and civilian volunteers for their assistance in this tragic incident.

We also would like to thank the media fortheir help in getting Nick’s picture and story spread throughout the tri-state area.

An autopsy will be performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Len Gadsby of the Hamilton Police Division Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4032 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.