Scottsdale couple says son vanished in Germany

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

SCOTTSDALE - The search is on for a Valley man who vanished in Germany.

Twenty-two-year old Devon Hollahan was last seen on Saturday night at a concert. He was traveling with a friend who turned away to ask for directions and when he turned back minutes later he says Devon was gone.

3TV spoke with Devon’s father who pleaded for help. Devon teaches English in Prague He is very independent but also very responsible and that is what has the entire family terrified." Jeff Hollahan says, "What could have happened? Is he alive, is he not, is he hurt?"

What Devon’s Scottsdale family does know is that their son has been missing since Saturday. Jeff explains, "Devon has been living and working in Prague since July. He went with a friend to Frankfurt."

They went to see a concert and had trouble finding their hostel. Devon's friend reportedly stopped some people to ask for directions. Jeff says he, "Talked to them 1 or 2 minutes then turned around and Devon was gone."

It has been four days and there is still no cell phone or credit card activity and nobody has seen or heard from him.

Devon's parents are working with the state department, the United States consulate and the Frankfurt Police. They are also reaching out to friends and family abroad by taking advantage of different social networks trying to spread the word hoping, as Jeff says,"Somebody will see his picture and him walking down the street."

The following email was sent by Devon's father to 3TV:

My son, Devon Hollahan, disappeared in Frankfurt, Germany on Saturday, November 21st at approximately 3AM, local time.  Devon and his friend, Josh Friedman, had taken a train from Prague, where they both live and work, on Friday, the 20th to attend a concert in Frankfurt and to stay for the remainder of the weekend.  Both Josh and Devon had purchased round-trip train tickets.

According to Josh, they had enjoyed the concert, attended the "after party", and had taken a cab to central Frankfurt to look for their hostel.  They had been drinking.  Beer, mostly and, according to Josh, they were "tipsy", but not inebriated.  After looking for several minutes, Josh stepped away from Devon to ask a couple of bystanders for directions.  When he turned around, Devon was nowhere to be seen.  After attempting to text and phone Devon numerous times, Josh gave up and went to the hostel.  The following morning, he checked with the hostel to see if Devon had checked in on his own and found out he had not.  He also checked a couple of other nearby hostels to no avail.  At some point Saturday, Josh contacted the Frankfurt police and the US Consulate to file a missing person report.  He waited for Devon at the train station at the appointed departure time, but Devon never showed up.

Josh called me from Prague at around 3PM MST to give me the news.

We have German-speaking friends who called the Frankfurt Police to consider options.  At 12:30 AM, Monday morning, I called the US Consulate and spoke to Franz Seitz who was already familiar with the case.  We spoke for 30 minutes.  Mr. Seitz was very receptive and helpful.  We discussed Devon's credit card activity, which wasn't (and still isn't) unusual.  He had made 2 stops at ATMs in addition to purchasing train tickets in Prague - nothing since.  Early this morning, I received an email from Mr. Seitz indicating the had checked ambulance services, hospitals and jails with no results.  I believe the consulate has spoken to Mr. Friedman at least once and maybe twice.

I am obviously concerned for my son.  Always an independent soul, he is also responsible and diligent.  This type of behavior is totally out of character.

Devon Hollahan is 22 years old, 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.  When last seen, Devon was wearing a green, plaid shirt, jeans, a black work jacket (sport coat?) and a tan cap.  He was last seen in the vicinity of the Taunusalange metro station in central Frankfurt.  Pictures are attached.

I can be contacted at 602-571-4547 (cell) or email
Franz Seitz at the US Consulate, Frankfurt: 011-49-69-7535-2516 (office) or 011-49-175-726-8343 (cell)
Christian Shults, ARSO, US State Department: 011-49-170 634 3343
Josh Freidman, Prague: 011-420-773-695-268 (cell)

Thank you for your help,

Jeff Hollahan