Police hunt for missing college student and childhood cancer survivor in Rome
Published 04/07/2016 | 13:58
An American college student has gone missing just a few hours after he arrived in Rome, according to police.
Beau Solomon (19), a visiting student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, arrived in Italy on Thursday, and was last seen at a bar with friends that night.
His roommate reported him missing on Friday when he failed to arrive at student orientation, John Cabot University said in a statement.
Later that day, Mr Solomon’s parents contacted his credit card company and discovered that “thousands of dollars” had been charged to his account, his brother Jake told WMTV, a local television station in Wisconsin.
The second year finance student had been in a pub with a group of friends on Thursday night, and they noticed he was gone around 1am.
“The University alerted the Italian law enforcement authorities, providing them with all the information in its possession. John Cabot University also informed the American Embassy and the student’s home school, which notified the family,” the small liberal arts college said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the police told NBC news that college officials reported Mr Solomon’s disappearance to Italian authorities at 9pm local time on Friday.
Mr Solomon’s parents left for Italy on Sunday afternoon, according to WMTV.
“We’re just really worried about his safety,” his brother Jake told the channel.
“If anybody can reach out to anyone that they know to try to get somebody to recognise Beau and help spread the word, it would be incredibly helpful.”