Police still searching for clues one week after ASU student goes missing

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by Natalie Brand

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azfamily.com

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 11 at 10:37 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police used all available resources to comb through a new part of Salt River Friday in the search for missing ASU student Jack Culolias, who disappeared one week ago.

However, detectives said no new information or clues were discovered, so the search of the river basin has been called off once again.

“Investigators searched that area, we didn’t find anything.  We had dogs search that area, we didn’t get any hits. There was nothing that was found at all,” said Sgt. Mike Pooley.

Tempe police, ASU police, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Tempe Fire dive team, and members of the US Marshall Service were brought in earlier in the day following a new tip received Thursday evening.

Police said someone flying overhead in a private helicopter reported seeing an object resembling a person’s silhouette in the water, about a mile northeast of the area detectives had searched before.

“Our detectives that are out here are very determined to find Jack,” said Sgt. Pooley. “When they come up empty handed like this, we do not want to go to the family and say, ‘we don’t know where your son is,” said Pooley.

Since Tuesday, police have focused on the area around the river following the discovery of a shoe by Jack’s own mother.  DNA testing confirmed a match to Jack Culolias Friday evening.

Jack Culolias, 19, was last seen the night of Friday, Nov. 30, at a fraternity event at Cadillac Ranch at Tempe Marketplace.  Police said a bouncer escorted him out, but friends and frat brothers said they didn’t see him leave.

Jack’s friends, wearing red Vans shoes in a show of support, kept a close watch over Salt River Friday.

“We’ve been trying to do everything we can,” said Alec Katric. “It’s hard. If we could we’d be out there searching ourselves.”

Jack's mother, Grace Culolias, told 3TV Friday night she remains hopeful.  Family and police are still urging anyone with tips or possible leads to come forward.

"We need everybody's help right now,"said Alex Culolias, Jack's twin brother.

"We need every bit of information that they have; come forward at least anonymously," he urged.

Tempe police have the same message.  A spokesman says detectives are desperate for new leads and don't have many credible tips to go on, as of yet.

However, police say they remain committed to finding Jack Culolias.  No one is more committed than Jack's family.

"Jack, I love you bro; I just want you back," said Alex Culolias. "We need you back."


 

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