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Northwestern University sophomore missing after off-campus party

HarshMaddula. | Phocourtesy Maddulfamily

Harsha Maddula. | Photo courtesy of the Maddula family

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Updated: September 24, 2012 10:55PM

A Northwestern University student went missing early Saturday after leaving an off-campus party in north suburban Evanston.

Sophomore Harsha Maddula, 18, was last seen leaving the party in the 2000 block of Ridge Avenue about 12:30 a.m., the university said in a statement on its website.

Maddula went to the party with a group of about 10 friends and disappeared after some of them left to go to a second location, possibly another party, said his aunt Surekha Madula.

His parents and uncle arrived in Evanston Monday from their hometown on Long Island, N.Y., to help search for the pre-med engineering student. He’s a “very, very good kid” and the eldest of three siblings, his aunt said.

“He’s a very, very ambitious kid. He’s not the type of kid who goes out and parties,” Surekha Madula said, adding he has never gone missing before.

He disappeared just three days after he returned to campus from Long Island, where his tight-knit family was helping him recover after he was recently diagnosed with diabetes, she said.

“We have a huge family so all of us were giving him support to go back to school,” she said.

Northwestern University campus police are interviewing other students, and the university issued a campus-wide email Monday evening about his disappearance, she said.

The family has also set up a Facebook group hoping for any information about his whereabouts.

Maddula is described as a 5-foot-4, 135-pound male of Indiana descent, the statement said. He has black hair and wears black-framed glasses.

He was last seen wearing a grey long-sleeved sweater with black and white stitching, dark grey pants and brown shoes, the website said. Madula lives in the campus’ Public Affairs Residential College in the 1800 block of Chicago Avenue in Evanston.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Northwestern University Police at (847) 491-3254.

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