More than 300 volunteer students, community residents and friends and family members of Harsha Maddula fanned out across Northwestern University’s north campus and surrounding neighborhoods in Evanston this afternoon to search for the missing NUsophomore.

Northwestern University Police Commander Darren Davis, Lt. Kenneth Jones and fellow officers briefed the volunteers who gathered at a University building at 600 Haven St., gave them assignments and asked them to report back after their search on anything helpful they may have discovered.

The group lined up along the sidewalk of Haven Street west of Sheridan Road to await their instructions from police, who handed out multi-colored maps with search grids marked in colors and by numbers. Then they dispersed in different directions for a two-hour search organized by the University–the second such event of the day.

The volunteers included students, Evanston residents and others who came to help. Two women from Kenilworth and Wilmette, who were with a group of self-described “empty-nesters,” said they both had children who had graduated.

Maddula is described as a male of Indian descent, 18 years old, 5-feet-8-inches tall, about 150 pounds, with black hair and dark brown eyes. He was last seen wearing black-framed glasses, a grey long-sleeve sweater with white and black stitching, dark grey pants and brown shoes.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Harsha Maddula, please contact Northwestern University Police at 847-491-3254.

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