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Missing student found in St. Joe County, safe

Kate Antonacci | Monday, August 29, 2005

Police cancelled their search for Stephen Liu, the Notre Dame sophomore who went missing Thursday morning, after he was located in northern St. Joseph County Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Liu, 19, was located by police after a tow truck driver spotted the student and recognized his car and physical description from news reports, said Capt. Philip Trent, public information officer for the South Bend Police.

Liu is “safe and fine,” Trent said in a press release.

Trent said it was thanks to the publicity the story received that Liu was found.

“This is a textbook example of our cooperation helping solve a case,” said Trent, who could not be reached for further comment.

The University also declined to release further details on the case.

“We’re obviously very pleased that he was found safe and sound, but my understanding was that the family wants as much privacy as possible,” University spokesman Matt Storin said.