Saddleback College alumnus and former Lariat staff member Nate Vamvas, 24, has been reported missing as of March 18, according to a statement by West Jordan Police Department.
“We have not located him yet and we’ve pretty much run out of leads,” said Sergeant Dan Roberts of the West Jordan Police Department. “We’re scratching our heads on what to do next to find him.”
According to ksl.com, Vamvas spent about two hours at the emergency room and was disoriented when he left on foot. Investigators believe he fell into a nearby ditch before going to the Salt Lake Community College Jordan campus.
“He found a girl there and we have security surveillance from the campus with her on it,” Vamvas’ sister-in-law said. “He talked to this girl and she said when she saw him he was covered head-to-toe in mud … and he asked her if he could use her phone so he could call my sister and then he asked her for the address to the closest Maverik, because he said he knew my sister would be able to find him there,” according to ksl.com
Vamvas is a native Californian who had moved to Utah in November. He has a wife, Rachel, and an 11-month-old daughter, Ava. Vamvas is a former staff member of the Lariat fall 2010.
Saddleback Journalism Instructional Assistant Ali Dorri got to know Vamvas when he joined the Lariat.
“He was here for a semester and he would help with distribution and recycling. I really appreciated it. He had a really good heart, at times though he did seem troubled. When I found out about his child and marriage I was really happy for him. I wish him the best and I hope he returns safely,” Dorri said.
Vamvas’ sister-in-law Meg Stringham posted on Facebook to widen and increase search efforts.
Vamvas’ wife Meg also used Facebook to help search for her missing husband.
Police said Vamvas was last seen wearing Converse shoes and a black hoodie. They said he is 5-foot-8 with a slender build and a light complexion.
Anyone with information about Vamvas or his location can contact the West Jordan Police Department at 801-840-4000.
Photo courtesy of Missing Persons of America Facebook.