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Archive for Monday, May 14, 2012

Lawrence police ask for public’s help in search for man who has been missing for two days

May 14, 2012, 12:53 p.m. Updated May 14, 2012, 5:09 p.m.

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The body of 23-year-old Lawrence man Yelekal Alemu, known as Kal, was discovered east of Lawrence on May 31, 2012. Alemu, a former Kansas University student, was reported missing about three weeks earlier. No foul play is suspected in his death.

The body of 23-year-old Lawrence man Yelekal Alemu, known as Kal, was discovered east of Lawrence on May 31, 2012. Alemu, a former Kansas University student, was reported missing about three weeks earlier. No foul play is suspected in his death.

Lawrence police are asking for helping in locating a 23-year-old Lawrence man reported missing Saturday evening.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman, said friends and family reported they had not seen Yelekal Alemu, known as Kal, since Saturday morning and that he has failed to show up for important family gatherings. Police were initially called about 8:30 p.m. Saturday to the 2100 block of Naismith Drive.

Officers found his vehicle Saturday evening on private property in rural Douglas County southeast of Lawrence. Officers had searched the area around the vehicle, which was not damaged.

“It is atypical for him to be out of touch with his friends and family,” McKinley said.

Alemu is a former Kansas University student, and Jill Jess, a KU spokeswoman, said he was last enrolled in fall 2011. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing the striped shirt shown in a photo that the department released.

Friends and family members were also carrying photos of Alemu on Monday asking people in Lawrence area if anyone had seen him.

Anyone with information on Alemu’s whereabouts is asked to call the police department at 785-832-7509 or the Douglas County Crime Stoppers hotline at 843-TIPS (8477). McKinley said calls to the hotline can be made anonymously and rewards for information in this case may be available.

Comments

amrose42683 2 years, 7 months ago

Channel 41 news reported last nite that he was a current KU student ... according to his family ... and was staying in Lawrence with friends so as not to have to commute to Lawrence every day from Johnson County. However, KU reports he is not a current KU student. It may mean nothing ... just an observation. Hope he is found safe and sound though. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

ThirdStone 2 years, 7 months ago

My wife and I's prayers are for Kal's safe return and for his family's peace of mind. We first heard of this yesterday when we stopped by his workplace and asked about the flyers on the window. He is well liked, his supervisor is worried and he encouraged us to ask anyone who has any information to contact the police which, we are doing. So, please, anyone who thinks they may be able to help, do so.

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