October 26, 2019

Freshman Cornell Student Missing Since Thursday Night

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The Cornell University Police Department is searching for a missing student who was last reportedly seen on Thursday night.

In a Facebook post Saturday afternoon, CUPD notified the Cornell community to the student's missing status.

Courtesy of CUPD

In a Facebook post Saturday afternoon, CUPD announced that Tsialas had been missing for more than a day.

The missing student, Antonio Tsialas ’23, was last seen at a fraternity event on Mary Ann Wood Drive at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. The next afternoon, his family reported that he was missing. 

Tsialas, 18, was described by the police in a Facebook post as 5’10” tall with brown eyes, brown hair and around 175 pounds.

Family reported Tsialas missing on Friday afternoon. The College of Arts and Sciences freshman was last reportedly seen wearing a black or dark blue sweatshirt, dark blue pants and a white T-shirt. Photographs and descriptions of Tsialas have been circulated by students on social media, and CUPD and other local agencies are actively searching for the missing student and asking the public for their help.

Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi sent a campus-wide email Saturday afternoon, saying the University was hoping for a positive outcome and was in communication with Tsialas’ parents. The freshman’s parents are currently in Ithaca, Lombardi said.

Ithacans were on high alert Saturday. Organizations and individuals circulated Tsialas’ picture in group chats online, and a linear algebra professor sent an email blast to his class, asking if anyone had seen the freshman in class on Friday.

Anyone with information is asked to call CUPD at 607-255-1111.

This story has been updated.