As the search for our missing student, Jonathan Lacina, enters a third day, I ask that all students, faculty and staff be attentive to the extensive activities that are taking place on campus and in surrounding areas of Ames. If you see something unusual or suspicious, or find articles of clothing or personal items, don't disturb them and immediately call ISU Police at 515-294-4428 or Ames Police at 515-239-5133.
The search is being expanded on campus today as staff members check mechanical and maintenance areas, storage rooms and steam tunnels.
I want to thank ISU Police, Ames Police, the Story County Sheriff's Office, Story County Emergency Management, the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, STAR 1 Search and Rescue and Mercy One Helicopter for their exhaustive and dedicated search efforts over the weekend. Iowa State University is grateful for this support in seeking answers to the disappearance of Jonathan.
While law enforcement officials have said there is no reason to suspect foul play, this situation is a reminder to all of us to think about personal safety, which includes avoiding remote and unfamiliar areas and traveling in groups, when possible.
Finally, please keep Jonathan and his family utmost in your
thoughts and prayers. We hope that the extensive search will
find him safe and healthy.