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February 1, 2007

Purdue graduate student reportedly seen in Mexico

Eric M. Campbell
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A 33-year-old Purdue University graduate student missing since Jan. 15 has reportedly been seen unharmed in Mexico.

According to published reports, El Paso police have said that Eric M. Campbell of Avilla, Ind., had been in a hotel in central Juarez, Mexico, and had just checked out before police arrived. Hotel staff identified Campbell from a photograph, according to a published news account.

Campbell had just enrolled as a doctoral student at Purdue. Four days after classes started on Jan. 8, he went to El Paso en route to Juarez. When Campbell did not return to campus, Purdue police contacted El Paso authorities, said Purdue spokesperson Jeanne Norberg.

Investigators confirmed that on Jan. 15 Campbell was scheduled to fly from El Paso to Indianapolis. The airline contacted Campbell's mother to inform her that her son's luggage had arrived at the Indianapolis International Airport, however, he had never boarded the plane, Norberg said.

Campbell was enrolled in the industrial technology education program at Purdue. He had earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue in 1997 and 2000, respectively. He had been employed as an engineer in Mexico prior to re-enrolling at Purdue.

Source: Jeanne Norberg, 765-491-1460,

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