A year-and-a-half since graduate Alexander Maxwell Grant, 19, , his parents continue to look for answers.
Kenneth and Deanna Grant of Briarcliff Manor released a statement through their attorney today, announcing a $100,000 reward "to any individual providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons who may have committed criminal acts which may have played a role in the senseless, suffering death that befell our son."
The statement, provided to Patch by John D. Hoggan, an Albany-based attorney, also said the grants have dropped the lawsuit filed in April against several Skidmore College students they alleged bought and provided alcohol to Grant and his underage friends on March 5, 2011.
"After speaking with most of the parties, as well as their families, we have discontinued the lawsuit in its entirety," the Grants said in their statement.
While Alexander Grant ultimately died in Putnam Creek in Saratoga Springs, police have not yet been able to connect all of the pieces of the then Boston College student's known whereabouts before his death. He was found after a few days of , a private house in Saratoga Springs, where he was attending a party.
After leaving the party, breaking into a medical office building nearby, where he stayed for about 45 minutes. He left blood behind at the scene. Pieces of his clothing were also discovered nearby.
and reported his cause of death was "asphyxia due to drowning with contributing factors of intoxiation and probably hypothermia."
He was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.16 and "a low level of THC (marijuana)" in his system.
"We still don't know what affected his body to such a significant degree, which then lead to the circumstances that caused his death. It appears at this point that it was the alcohol alone that was the overriding factor, at least according to the report," Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said last September.
The Saratoga County District Attorney previously said it would offer immunity to anyone with information related to Grant's death.
Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Frances Wills as a respectful and well-liked student with a bright future.
His parents wrote,
"Our family remains heartbroken and devastated by the tragic loss of our beloved son, and by the failure of known facts to adequately explain how this senseless death could’ve happened. We implore those with potentially useful information to come forward, and will view any and all constructive outreach withprofound gratitude.
In addition to seeking closure in this matter, we feel that we have a solemn duty to explore all discovery avenues, in the hopes that it can bring healing to those that loved Alexander, and restore a measure of dignity to his legacy. It is our hope that the offering of a monetary reward will help impel individuals who know heretofore details, to come forward and share them with us."
Anyone who wishes to share information can submit it through www.alexgranttips.org or by calling the hotline 877-216-9588.