UC Berkeley student missing after Spring Break frat party

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Posted: Mar 30, 2015 11:16 AM

(Reuters) - A $50,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of a University of California, Berkeley student who disappeared after leaving a fraternity party at another campus early on Saturday, the school's athletics department and media reports said on Monday.

Eloi Vasquez, a 19-year old freshman on the men's soccer team, was last seen leaving the University of Southern California chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon in Los Angeles and was last heard from at about 2:15 a.m. on March 28, the athletics department said in a statement.

"Eloi is a wonderful young man who has excelled both academically and athletically here at Cal. Our entire Cal Athletics family is very concerned for Eloi's safety and our first priority is to help in any way we can to locate him," the department said.

It said it is working with authorities in Los Angeles and on campus, and it asked that anyone with information contact the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Area Watch Commander.

Vasquez was described as 6 feet tall and weighing 175 pounds, and a missing poster said that he may have gone to the beach after leaving the party. He was wearing a baseball T-shirt with red sleeves, gray pants and white tennis shoes.

A local NBC television affiliate quoted relatives as saying that they are offering a $50,000 reward for his safe return, and it cited his mother, Wendy Margolin, as saying Vasquez had telephoned a friend later that night to say he was lost.

"Everyone knows how responsible he is, how dedicated to school he is and he hasn't contacted anyone since," Margolin told the station. "Something is going on with him."

(Reporting by Daniel Wallis in Denver; Editing by Lisa Lambert)