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The search for Northwestern University student Harsha Maddula, missing since Sept. 22, returned to Evanston today. A “thorough search of the waters in the [Wilmette] harbor and Lake Michigan near the harbor” by about 20 local law enforcement and fire safety personnel in the area of Wilmette Harbor on Sept. 26 was “not successful,” according to a statement from the University.
Two searches by supervised volunteers were organized for today, Sept. 27, one at 9 a.m. and the other at 4 p.m. Northwestern University Police briefed the volunteers, gave them assignments and asked them to report back after their search on anything helpful they may have discovered, the statement continued.
Police distributed maps with search grids for the group of volunteers, which included students, Evanston residents and others who came to help.
A communitywide pep rally for the City of Evanston-sponsored “Paint Evanston Purple” event, which had been scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the south end of campus was canceled so so people could attend a vigil held at the Northwestern arch.
Northwestern University police request that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Harsha Maddula call them at 847-491-3254.