Family of missing Arizona university student pleads for help

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Tempe, AZ, United States (4E) – The family members of a 19-year-old Arizona State University freshman from Orange County, California who disappeared Friday are asking the public’s help to find him.

According to police, Jack Culolias from Brea, was last seen at Cadillac Ranch Restaurant located at Tempe Marketplace, Arizona about 11 p.m.

Reports stated Culolias was kicked out of the restaurant after he got caught urinating off a balcony, but police said he left behind his wallet and his cell phone.

His friend, Alec Pinto, who was with him that night, got concerned when he did not hear from Culolias the next day. Pinto called Culolias and visited his dorm, but failed to find his friend.

On Sunday, Pinto informed Culolias’ family and urged his friend’s mother, Grace Culolias, to file a missing person’s report.

Culolias’ mother, who helped comb the area around the bar for clues, found a shoe that she believed belongs to her son, near Tempe Town Lake.

The lake was searched Wednesday by divers, but discovered no sign of the student. Police have also employed a helicopter and K-9 units. Investigators have found no evidence of foul play.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 480-965-3456.

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