After nearly three weeks since they last heard from him in France, where he was attending studies, Ken DeLand, 22, according to his parents, called home on Friday.
A college student from the United States who went missing late last month while studying abroad in France has been located safe and is returning home with his mother, according to the student’s family and the local police.
On Friday morning, nearly three weeks after they claimed to have last heard from him on November 27, Ken DeLand, 22, called his parents, according to an internet statement made by his parents. They said, “His mother is in France getting ready to see him and perhaps bring him home for Christmas.”
An American college student who went missing late last month while studying abroad in France has been located safe and is travelling back to the United States with his mother, according to the student’s family and the local police.
The 22-year-old called home on Friday morning, according to Ken DeLand’s parents, who posted the news online nearly three weeks after they claimed to have last heard from him on November 27. They stated that his mother is getting ready to visit him in France and “hopefully bring him home for Christmas.”
In a letter on a website created to assist find him, his family asked for privacy at this time because they needed time and room to reunite with their son and for Kenny to unwind.
His whereabouts and more information concerning his disappearance were kept under wraps.
The undergraduate student deliberately flew to Spain, according to Florence Hermite, the French justice attaché in the United States, who reportedly spoke to CNN.
Senior at St. John Fisher University in Rochester, New York, DeLand was attending the University Grenoble Alpes in southeast France when, according to his family, he unexplainably took a train to the town of Valence, which is located some 55 miles southwest of Grenoble. Later, he was observed walking into a sports store in Montelimar, which is located around 30 miles south of Valence. According to his family, bank records show he made a $8.40 purchase at the shop.
A college liaison contacted the family around the time he left on his trip to inform them that DeLand hadn’t been seen in 24 hours and that a missing person report had been made. It wasn’t like their son, according to his parents.
His father, Ken DeLand Sr., said last week on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that “He would reach out to me practically everyday, maybe every other day.” To not contact us and inform us of the situation is not typical of Kenny.
According to the public prosecutor in Grenoble, there have been rumours that the college student has been having social problems while living abroad and that he has travel plans.
The prosecutor stated in a statement last week that “the young guy apparently informed many people that he had arrived in France inadequately prepared and that he had problems making acquaintances.”
The prosecution stated that DeLand “appears to have departed Grenoble willingly” and that DeLand also claimed wanting to visit Marseille before flying back to the United States.