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Family asks for help finding U. of C. student missing since Wednesday


Austin Hudson-Lapore

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Updated: July 16, 2013 6:38AM

Austin Hudson-LaPore had just finished his last final exam Wednesday at the University of Chicago. He spent some time browsing sports scores, then sometime between 8:30 and 10 p.m. he went for a walk and never came back.

Friday, his family appealed for help from anyone who might have seen the 20-year-old biochemistry student that stormy night.

“We think that because of Austin’s fascination with the weather that he set out to walk along the lake, perhaps to promontory point to watch the storm,” his father Greg LaPore told reporters at the University of Chicago on Friday.

“We believe that during his walk to the lake something went wrong,” his father said.

Austin would have walked along 53rd or 55th street to the lake.

“We are appealing to the community if anyone saw anything unusual along those routes or elsewhere that they please contact the Chicago Police Department immediately,” said LaPore.

Austin, from Albuquerque, N.M., had turned down summer jobs elsewhere and planned to work in a U. of C. lab because it would be the last summer he could spend in the city with his friends, his father said.

Austin took only his keys, leaving his wallet and phone behind, probably so they would not get wet, his father said.

“He was a very outdoorsy guy and wouldn’t think anything of going for a walk in a driving rainstorm if he got to see something really exciting.”

Anyone who saw Hudson-LaPore is urged to call Chicago police at (312) 747-8380.

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