Ken DeLand: American college student’s disappearance in Europe ‘still a blur’, family says | Popgen Tech
The nearly three weeks American student abroad Ken DeLand Jr. spent missing in Europe have remained “a blur” in the days since the upstate New Yorker resurfaced in Spain and was reunited with his family, loved ones said Tuesday.
DeLand, 21, was reunited with his mother Saturday in Lyon, France, after calling his parents from Spain a day earlier, loved ones and officials said. His family released a statement Tuesday thanking the community and those who helped while he was missing, adding, “What Kenny went through while he was missing is still a blur.”
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“Kenny is a joy to many – his family, friends, colleagues, students, parents and everyone who knows him,” the statement read. “[W]e, as a family, continue to be with Kenny as he heals and comes to terms.”
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It was unclear Tuesday whether DeLand was still in Europe, or when he would return to the US. No additional details about DeLand’s whereabouts and activities during his time missing have been provided.
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The student of the St. John Fisher University was studying abroad at the University Grenoble Alpes in Grenoble when he was last heard from on Nov. 28, his family said. He was reported missing the next day after not attending class, and his host family and friends did not hear from him.
He called his parents from Spain after noticing himself in media reports, his family said at the time.
“Without the media’s help, Kenny would not have seen himself in the news,” his family said in a post announcing DeLand’s discovery on Dec. 16.
“Kenny is in Spain, and Carol (his mother) is in France, preparing to see Kenny and hopefully bring him home for Christmas,” the report continued. It later adds, “Without everyone’s help, we wouldn’t have had our Son, hopefully, Christmas at home.”
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The 6-foot, 190-pound college student, who is originally from Sodus, New York, was spotted on surveillance footage at a sports store in Montelimar, France on Dec. 3 around 2:45 p.m. local time, buying a $8.40 .
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An Interpol Yellow Notice was issued shortly after DeLand was reported missing in France.
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DeLand is expected to complete his study abroad one day after he is safely located.
Ashley Papa of Fox News contributed to this report.