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Student Missing Since Friday

By Christine R. Fry


Daniel S. Mun ’05, a biology major who lives at the Chi Phi fraternity, has been missing since early Friday morning, authorities say. The MIT Police are working with Boston and Cambridge police to search for Mun, said Senior Associate Dean Robert M. Randolph.

Mun, known to friends as Dong, “was last seen at his living group at 4:15 a.m.” Friday by his roommate and friends, when he got out of bed to use the bathroom, said Lowery D. Duvall ’05, the president of Chi Phi, a fraternity of about 45 students near the Prudential Center in Boston.

MIT has filed a missing person report with the MIT Police, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Randolph said.

“The police are notified,” he said. “We’re in constant contact with hospitals and prisons and other places where missing people might show up.”

“There will be a boat on the river to search the river and river banks,” Randolph said. He said that river searches will likely occur today and periodically after.

Late last night, the MIT and Boston police said they could provide no update on the search.

Chi Phi organizes search parties

Fraternity members became concerned when Mun did not return for dinner Friday evening or later in the evening, Duvall said. This was out of character for Mun, he said.

Duvall said that on Saturday, members of Chi Phi organized small search parties of two or three people.

“We organized into groups to search commonly-used routes around” Chi Phi, Duvall said. He said that groups looked for Mun along the routes to the MIT campus and stores frequented by members of the fraternity.

Duvall said that the MIT Police searched Mun’s belongings at the fraternity house yesterday afternoon and that some of his belongings had been given to the police.

No clues of possible whereabouts

Duvall said that Mun left no note and told no one where he may have gone. Randolph also said that there was no indication of where Mun may have gone.

“We weren’t able to find anything,” Duvall said. There was “no indication of psychological problems or stress,” he said.

In response to an e-mail sent to student group lists that said Mun was intoxicated at the time of his disappearance, Duvall said that he is “not certain” and that Mun “had been seen [from 1-4 a.m.] in perfectly normal condition.”

“I did not realize that there might be any indication that something is wrong,” said Mun’s father, Kyung Mun, speaking from his home in Missouri.

Randolph said he would not speculate on a cause for Mun’s disappearance.

MIT provides support for Chi Phi

Randolph and David N. Rogers, the assistant dean in charge of fraternities, said that their offices are working with the members of Chi Phi to provide support.

Daniel H. Daneshvar ’05, the incoming Interfraternity Council president, said that the Student Life Programs office had set up support for Chi Phi and that MIT Medical had spoken with its members.

“We’re all hoping for the best at this point,” he said.

“All I can say is that I have been following the progress of this through communication with the dean’s office and just deeply hope that this has a good outcome,” said President Charles M. Vest. “But at this point, we just don’t know.”

Randolph said that any tips or information about the whereabouts of Mun should be directed to the MIT Police (617-253-1212), the dean for student life’s office (617-253-4052), or Randolph himself (617-258-5484).