A $50,000 reward is currently being offered for the safe return of a UC Berkeley student who went missing early Saturday morning after attending a fraternity party in Los Angeles. Eloi Vasquez, a 19-year-old freshman who plays soccer for the University of California school, was last seen at a Tau Kappa Epsilon house located in the 600 block of West 28th Street near the University of Southern California. Vasquez, who carried his cellphone but no identification, money, or wallet, was last heard from at around 2:15 a.m.
Vasquez left the fraternity house at approximately 1:30 a.m. after telling friends he needed to take a walk, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. NBC Los Angeles reports that Vasquez's mother Wendy Margolin said her son called a friend in Northern California at 2:18 a.m. and said he was "screwed" and was lost. His phone has since died.
Vasquez is being described as a Latino with black hair and brown eyes, 5-foot-10, and 175 pounds. Authorities say he was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with red sleeves, gray pants, and white tennis shoes. Police are asking for anyone with information to call 213-486-8582.
Cal Athletics released the following 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. ... We ask that everyone keep Eloi and his family in their thoughts and pray for his safe return.