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29 July 2009 :: 17:07:56 pm 27323

Us Student Vanishes While Sightseeing In Thailand

Pattaya, July 29,[PDN]: a veterinary student of the US Auburn University, temporarily studying in Japan,?has been missing in Thailand since the middle of July. The university has sent representatives to help search for him in both Japan and Thailand .
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Fox News reported, yesterday (July 28), that Michael, Griffin Harrie, a 29-year-old a veterinary student of the American Auburn University on a month-long study abroad programme, studying pathobiology at Iwate University, Morioka, Japan, apparently started on a sightseeing trip to Thailand on July 7 from Japan. The sightseeing tour was not sponsored by any organization and was a private venture.

He was picked up on security cameras in Suvarnabhumi International Airport on July 14 and was supposed to meet his parents in Tokyo on July 16, for a family vacation, but never showed up. His father, Paul Harrie, has been unable to contact his son and is currently appealing for help from the public.

“He was planning to use his study abroad experience to help prepare him for his next year of veterinary school,” his father said in a statement released by Auburn University.

Mike Clardy, the Director of Communications at Auburn University told FOXNews.com that authorities do not suspect foul play and are treating his disappearance as a missing person case.

Michael Harrie, a native of Southern California 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 175 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. He wears eyeglasses. Two Auburn representatives travelled to Tokyo last week to meet with Harrie?s family and provide assistance. The Auburn University is working with police in Thailand and has been in contact with the consul general in Japan and the American Embassy in Thailand.

Anyone with information that might help in locating Harrie should call the Auburn University Department of Public Safety and Security at 001-334 844-8888.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : World News

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