BANGKOK -- Thai police have recovered the body of an American college student who went missing after a late-night swim off the resort island of Phuket.

Police Lt. Col. Panya Chaichana said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that Joshua Shane's body washed ashore Thursday afternoon. Panya said Shane appeared to have drowned.

The 21-year-old student from Arizona State University disappeared after he went swimming with at least three friends Tuesday night. The university said he had been studying abroad.

Panya said a teacher accompanying the students confirmed his identity and that Shane was wearing the same shorts and T-shirt as when he was last seen.

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  • Charity workers prepare the body of Joshua Shane before transporting him to a forensic office after he washed ashore in Phuket, southern Thailand Thursday, June 14, 2012. Thai police recovered the body of 21-year old Shane, an American college student who went missing after a late-night swim off the resort island of Phuket. (AP Photo)

  • Charity workers prepare the body of Joshua Shane before transporting him to a forensic office after he washed ashore in Phuket, southern Thailand Thursday, June 14, 2012. Thai police recovered the body of 21-year old Shane, an American college student who went missing after a late-night swim off the resort island of Phuket. (AP Photo)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, June 13, 2012, Thai marine police officers, left and right, head to the sea on their rubber boats to search for a missing American student at Patong beach in Phuket, southern Thailand. The American student of Arizona State University (ASU), Joshua Shane, 21, disappeared while swimming with friends in the sea at Patong beach on Tuesday night. (AP Photo)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, June 13, 2012, Thai marine police officers head to the sea with a rubber boat to search for a missing American student at Patong beach in Phuket, southern Thailand. The American student of Arizona State University (ASU), Joshua Shane, 21, disappeared while swimming with friends in the sea at Patong beach on Tuesday night. (AP Photo)