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.