The American college student who disappeared in France while studying abroad is a member of Turning Point USA, a conservative organization present on many college campuses.
Ken DeLand Jr. is a senior at St. John Fisher University in Rochester, New York, and disappeared while studying French at the University of Grenoble Alpes. He contacted his parents on Nov. 27 via WhatsApp, but hasn’t heard from him since. The student boarded a train bound for Valence, France, on Nov. 27, according to his family.
“Pray for Ken,” reads an Instagram post from TPUSA students. “Help us find our chapter president Ken DeLand…Ken was last heard from by his family on November 27, 2022, when he left his host family residence and boarded a train to Valence, in France”.
Grenoble prosecutor Eric Vaillant previously told Fox News Digital that DeLand appears to have left the city on his own.
KEN DELAND: AMERICAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT MISSING IN FRANCE HAD TROUBLE MAKING FRIENDS, HE MAY HAVE LEFT VOLUNTARILY
Vaillant said DeLand “told several people that he arrived in France insufficiently prepared and had a hard time making friends.”
Police obtained a copy of DeLand’s recent purchases and discovered he used a credit card to make a purchase in the city of Montelimar on December 3 at 9:00 am
KEN DELAND MISSING: AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENT WHO DISAPPEARED IN FRANCE WHILE STUDYING ABROAD
DeLand was “last seen wearing a red jacket, scarf, gray cap, blue jeans/slacks, black backpack, and sneakers,” according to a website set up by his family.
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“We fear the worst and want it located; please share this information,” the website reads.