The last word from Eloi Vasquez caused alarm.
“He was in trouble and scared and lost and didn’t know where he was,” said his mother, Wendy Margolin, recalling a phone conversation her son, 19, had with a friend before he disappeared on the streets of Los Angeles early Saturday morning, KTLA reports.
Vasquez, who plays soccer for the University of California, Berkeley, was due back in class today with students returning from a week of spring break. He’d been discouraged about an injury that had sidelined him for the season, and his family had urged him to spend part of his time off with friends at the University of Southern California, according to KTLA.
He was attending a Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity party near the USC campus when he told friends he was going to take a walk, and he never returned, the Los Angeles Times reports, quoting a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Vasquez was last heard from about 2:15 a.m. that day, according to a statement from Cal Athletics.
“Eloi is a wonderful young man who has excelled both academically and athletically here at Cal. Our entire Cal Athletics family is very concerned for Eloi’s safety and our first priority is to help in any way we can to locate him,” the statement said.
“We ask that everyone keep Eloi and his family in their thoughts and pray for his safe return.”
Vasquez is Hispanic, with black hair and brown eyes, is 6 ft. tall and about 175 lbs., and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, gray pants and white tennis shoes. A missing-persons flyer says he may have gone to the beach.
His family has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.
“We’re just at the point where we’re so worried because there’s no sign of him anywhere,” Margolin told KTLA. “With all the news stations publicizing him, the flyers everywhere he’s not contacting anyone; his cell phone is dead. So we just have no idea where he could possibly be.”
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