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Missing U of I Student

Updated: Wednesday, May 21 2014, 03:38 PM CDT
Hye Min Choi, also known as Joseph Choi last spoke to his father by
phone Saturday at the airport. According to police,  he told his father
he was hungry and was going to get something to eat before his flight

Hours later at the airport, his mother picked up his
luggage in North Carolina, but Choi never came out. Police say he did
not board his flight and did not rebook a flight with United Airlines.
They're now asking for the public's help in finding him. Authorities say
there doesn't appear to be any foul play.

Garry McCarthy,
Superintendent, Chicago Police says "It doesn't appear to be any
criminality involved. The young man was apparently having some problems
in school. We have some leads on where he may be. It appears that he may
or may not have wanted to go home".

Nathan Smith, a U of I
student said, "That's terrifying. That's the kind of thing that I'm sure
all mothers are just just despair when they hear that kinda thing
happen to somebody".

Choi just finished his first year at U of I,
majoring in mechanical engineering. According to published reports, his
mom says he didn't have many friends and could not drive.

reached out to U of I for reaction to McCarthy's claim about Choi having
problems at school. A spokesperson said that was "news to us", but they
could not comment further. Missing U of I Student

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