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Search Continues For Missing Student

By Daniel C. Stevenson
Editor in Chief

Campus Police are continuing their search for Desmond A. Deonanan '96, who has apparently been missing since early last month.

The police search began Monday when Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin received word of Deonanan's disappearance from the housemaster of MacGregor House, where Deonanan lives.

Deonanan is originally from Petit Valley, in Trinidad, a Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela.

The police began gathering information, and an investigation unit was assigned to the case and is "actively investigating the situation," Glavin said.

The investigation is "extremely active," she said. Glavin said she was encouraged by what she knows about "the progress made in the investigation," but declined to comment further about the nature of the investigation or if any outside organizations were involved.

Deonanan is not registered this term, according to the Registrar's Office. However, he was enrolled for the spring term, as a junior in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Deonanan is a resident of C entry in MacGregor House.

His adviser, Professor Arvind, refused to comment, as did several of Deonanan's friends and his entry tutor.

Known as a good friend, loner

Deonanan "is the type of person that you have to make an effort to get to know," said Shiva S. Sandy '98, president of the MITCaribbean Club. "Desmond is an interesting person," he added.

"He's someone worth getting to know" and "a good friend to have,"Sandy said.

Deonanan was "passionately dedicated" to his school work, Sandy said. He was one of the top scholars from Trinidad in his year.

Deonanan is known to be a loner, Sandy said. "We know that at times he appreciates his privacy. We'd like to afford him that."

His friends' main concern is for his parents, who are quite worried, Sandy said; Deonanan's father has come to MIT to help look for him.

RCA seeks information

OnMonday, Associate Dean of Residence and Campus Activities Margaret A. Jablonski began tracking down leads about Deonanan's whereabouts.

Jablonski asked anyone with any information about Deonanan's whereabouts to contact her office. "We are still trying to follow whatever information" students provide, she said. In particular, Jablonski is interested in finding "when was the last time students saw him."

"Some students have come forward with a couple of ideas about" where Deonanan is, she said.

"In most cases people who disappear resurface after one to three weeks,"she added.

On Tuesday, EECSAdministrator Anne M. Hunter notified all Course VI undergraduates about Deonanan's disappearance. In an electronic mail message, Hunter asked for information about Deonanan's whereabouts and the names of his friends or any activities he participated in.

The responses to Hunter's e-mail message returned "nothing that we weren't already aware of,"Jablonski said.

Stacey E. Blau contributed to the reporting in this story.