UPDATE: A Morehouse College reported missing has been found and is safe, a college spokeswoman said Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore Jalen Isaac Shelton was last seen leaving his room at Morehouse College late Monday, which was his fourth day of classes.
His family said that he traveled to Chicago, the college said in a statement earlier Wednesday. A flyer from the Missing Persons Awareness Network says Shelton took a random flight to Chicago and is unfamiliar with the city, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
A Chicago police detective told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Shelton has been found, but referred additional questions to the department’s media relations office. A police spokesman said it was waiting on information from detectives and could not comment. The AJC read some thankful social media posts that said Shelton had been found.
Shelton, 19, is a sociology major and a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Choir, the college said.
Morehouse officials and students were assisting in the search. Family members and friends posted messages on social media praying for Shelton’s safety.
“We are taking all necessary steps to ascertain the whereabouts of Jalen Isaac Shelton, including working with family members, staff, and students,” Maurice Washington, Senior Student Affairs Officer and Dean of the College, said in a statement. “Jalen is a stellar student, and we are praying for his safe return.”