Many questions still surround missing ASU student

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by Natalie Brand

azfamily.com

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 7 at 5:49 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It’s been nearly one week since ASU student Jack Culolias went missing, but his family says a long list of questions remain.

“The story still has holes in it,” said Grace Culolias. “He vanished.  How can that be?”

Jack Culolias, 19, was last seen at a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity event at Cadillac Ranch at Tempe Marketplace.

An extensive search of the area near Salt River where Grace Culolias found a shoe believed to be that of Jack turned up nothing Thursday.  Tempe police say they’ve called off that part of the search, for now, because divers are confident there are no new clues in the water.

A spokesman says they’re focusing on other aspects of the investigation and trying to verify stories, as they continue to interview friends and pledge brothers.

“I know they’re still investigating a lot of the fraternity,” said Grace Culolias.  “They have to because that’s who Jack was last with.  It just seems so unreal that out of 100 people in a bar, no one saw Jack leave.  No one saw Jack get kicked out.”

Grace Culolias also shared a text message she received from her son the day before he went missing which indicated "I Week," believed to mean initiation week, was about to begin.  The message from Jack on her phone read “you probably won’t hear from me next week.”

She responded, “I’m afraid for you; I hope everything will be okay. If you need anything, let me know.”

Police told 3TV everyone is cooperating but they’re still trying to get a hold of people who may be critical to the investigation.  However, a spokesman won’t specify who that may be.

Cadillac Ranch has declined multiple interview requests.  In a statement, a spokeswoman says the restaurant is fully cooperating with the investigation.  Grace Culolias told 3TV she too approached the restaurant, but wasn’t able to gain many answers.

“To be honest, I don’t think they know,” said Culolias.  “Apparently 10 to 15 kids got kicked out of the bar (that night).”

Tempe police say they’re working to collect and review surveillance video from surrounding business.

Detectives are also asking people to submit tips online anonymously, since it’s believed there are people who may have seen him leave, but haven’t yet come forward.

“If anyone else can help, any other resources that I can get on my side, please step forward, help me,” pleaded Grace Culolias.
 

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