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TEMPE, Ariz. -- State officials are investigating a Tempe bar where a missing Arizona State University student was last seen.
The Arizona Department of Liquor Licensing and Control confirmed that the agency is reviewing information from Cadillac Ranch at Tempe Marketplace over concerns of possible underage drinking.
19 year old ASU freshman Jack Culolias, was last seen Nov. 30 after being kicked out of the Tempe bar during a fraternity party. Police say he was believed to have been drinking.
Culolias allegedly used a fake ID to get into Cadillac Ranch.
Campus police said Culolias’ friends saw him heading to a taxi cab, but he hasn't been seen since. His stepmother reported him missing the following Sunday.
It is not known whether Culolias was served alcohol at Cadillac Ranch. But Liquor Licensing and Control officials said investigators will review the credit card purchases made at the bar and compare them with the ages of the customers, prior to considering whether any fines could be levied against the bar.
"Having a liquor license in Arizona is a privilege; it's not necessarily a right,” said attorney Thomas Richardson.
Richardson is not involved in this case, but has knowledge of Arizona’s liquor laws.
“One of the requirements is that they check IDs and not over-serve,” said Richardson.
If violations are found at Cadillac Ranch, the case will be forwarded to the Compliance Unit and the agency's compliance officer will meet with the licensee and clearly review the violations to prevent a recurrence.
Since 2009 the bar has had three violations.
A spokesperson from Cadillac Ranch's Managing Partner, Chris Osborn, sent us this statement:
“We are fully and promptly complying with all investigation requests from Tempe PD and have been since day one. Our business has been open in Tempe for five years. It employs 65 good people, and has never had an incident like this. We are members of the Tempe and ASU community, and we are deeply sympathetic to Jack’s family and friends. We hope that they find Jack safe and sound. Finding Jack is what is most important right now.”