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Hallucinogenic mushrooms found in Moorhead frat house September 28, 2005 - startribune.com
Police found 152 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms during a search of the fraternity house where a Minnesota State University Moorhead student was last seen alive early Friday morning, authorities said.
The search of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity house on Tuesday found the mushrooms were packaged for distribution, the Moorhead Police Department said in a news release on Wednesday.
A 19-year-old member of the fraternity was arrested on suspicion of a first-degree controlled substance violation. Police said the arrest was not directly related to the death of Patrick Kycia, 19, of Stillwater.
Kycia was last seen alive during a party of the fraternity house. Police said a body believed to be his was found Tuesday. It was sent to Ramsey County for identification. Kycia's mother confirmed the body was her son's.
There were no obvious signs of trauma, police Lt. Bob Larson said.
One of Patrick Kycia's friends, Ricky Sayarath, said Kycia drank a lot of whiskey at the Phi Sigma Kappa house party.
"Guys just kept giving him shots,'' Sayarath, who was at the party, told The Forum of Fargo. "He must have been pretty drunk.''
Police searched the fraternity house around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The fraternity's grand chapter in Indianapolis issued a statement acknowledging that Kycia "may have attended an informal gathering'' that included fraternity members, but that fraternity members did not provide him with drugs or alcohol.
A message left Wednesday at the grand chapter was not immediately returned.
Police said Kycia may have left the party between midnight and 2 a.m. Friday. But, according to friends, Kycia never reached his home several blocks away. Police said Tuesday they had unconfirmed sightings of Kycia walking north on Eighth Street near Main Avenue between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Friday morning.
On Tuesday, Brian and Rose Foley - who married seven years ago after Kycia's parents divorced in 1996 - visited the site along the river where the body was found. They left flowers and notes for the teen. The note from his mother read: "You'll always be my sweet baby boy. I love you so much. Believe. Love, Mom.''