Jun 15, 2013 10:08 AM EDT
University of Chicago Student Austin Hudson-LaPore Missing Since Wednesday (VIDEO)
A University of Chicago (UC) student was reported missing Wednesday night and has not yet been located.
Austin Hudson-LaPore, 20, left his apartment sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and left his wallet and cell phone behind. His family suspects he wanted to watch the storms go through the city.
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Austin's father, Gregg LaPore, said in a press conference Friday that his son was fascinated by the weather.
According to a police report, Austin was last seen in the 5300 block of South Kimbark Avenue. Gregg said he could have taken either East 53rd or East 55th streets when leaving his apartment.
"This is our best guess," his father said outside the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the 5800 block of South Woodlawn Avenue in Hyde Park. "We are appealing to the community that if anybody saw anything unusual around those routes, that they contact (police)."
The missing persons reports lists Austin as white, blond hair, blue eyes, 5-foot-7 and 120 pounds, wearing blue jeans, black gym shoes and an unknown top.
Gregg said his son had just finished his last final exam on Wednesday. He also said the family, which now lives in New Mexico, but has Chicago ties, would talk with Austin on Skype for up to three hours at a time.
Austin's mother said there was no reason for them to think he was unhappy.
"He's a smart, happy and outgoing young man who was fully engaged in his community," LaPore said. "... And we'd like your help in getting him back."
UC is working with Chicago police to find the missing student.
"The University is working closely with the Chicago Police Department and Austin's family to assist in the search," the school said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to Austin's family members, friends and the College community during this anxious and difficult time."
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Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Austin Hudson-LaPore should call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.