UC Berkeley student missing after leaving Los Angeles party

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Posted: Mar 29, 2015 9:55 PM
UC Berkeley student missing after leaving Los Angeles party

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities and concerned relatives and friends sought the public's help on Sunday in finding a University of California, Berkeley student who went missing after he left a party near the University of Southern California.

Eloi (eh-loy) Vasquez, 19, was last seen leaving a fraternity party about 1:30 a.m. Saturday after telling his friends he wanted to take a walk, Officer Norma Eisenman said in a statement.

Vasquez never returned.

His mother told KNBC-TV Vasquez called a friend in Northern California shortly after 2 a.m. telling her he was lost and in trouble. She said no one has been able to reach him on his cellphone.

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

When he left the party, Vasquez didn't have his wallet, money or identification on him.

Vasquez is a freshman on UC Berkeley's soccer team. He and his friends were visiting Southern California during their spring break.

"Eloi is a wonderful young man who has excelled both academically and athletically here at Cal," a statement from the university said. "Our entire Cal Athletics family is very concerned for Eloi's safety."

According to his biography on the team's website, he is a graduate of Marin Academy high school in San Rafael.