Bates College student studying abroad goes missing in Rome

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 22, 2014, at 12:21 p.m.

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Bates College junior John Durkin has been missing in Rome since early Wednesday morning.
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Bates College junior John Durkin has been missing in Rome since early Wednesday morning.
Bates College junior John Durkin of Rye Beach, N.H., has been missing in Rome since early Wednesday morning.
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Bates College junior John Durkin of Rye Beach, N.H., has been missing in Rome since early Wednesday morning.

LEWISTON, Maine — A 21-year-old Bates student studying in Rome has been missing since early Wednesday morning, his family said Friday.

John Durkin, 21, of Rye Beach, N.H., was last seen by friends at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sloppy Sam’s bar in the Campo de Fiori section of Rome, his uncle, Tom Durkin, told the Bangor Daily News on Friday.

John Durkin is a junior at Bates studying economics and a linebacker on the college’s football team. He is studying this semester in Rome through a program offered by Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

“On-site staff from Trinity are working actively with the Italian authorities to determine the circumstances surrounding his disappearance,” Bates College said in a statement late Friday afternoon. “We are very concerned about John and will share further news as it becomes available.”

According to the family, the director of the program filed a report with Rome police on Thursday. Family members are traveling to Rome to aid in the search.

John Durkin is described as 6 feet, 1 inch tall, about 210 pounds, with brown hair and an athletic build.

Durkin’s cousin, Brian Durkin, a Bowdoin College alumnus, has created a Facebook page to aid in the search. The family is also communicating on Twitter with the handle @JDurkinMissing.

 

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