19 year old freshman college student Nicholas Garza of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been missing from the Middlebury College campus in Middlebury, Vermont, since February 5th.
He was last seen going from one dormitory building to another in the rural Vermont campus around 11 PM. His absence was not noted at first, because most of his acquaintances or friends assumed that he had gone on a three day camping trip with other students.
The campus, snow covered at this time of year, has been searched by volunteers and professionals. Garza's winter coat and personal items were left in his room.
Authorities and other students are baffled over his disappearance. His family has offered a reward for information leading to finding out what happened to him.
The snow did not appear deep enough to hide a human body, at least in most areas shown in news photos and videos.
This is not the only case of missing people recently, but it stands out in that this appearance seems to be completely baffling. This young man was not reported to be unhappy or given to unpredictable behavior. He had been in regular communication with his family. The Middlebury College campus is in a relatively crime-free rural community. His family has a web site at http://www.nicholasgarza.org/ .
April 20, 2008 Update....
It's now two and a half months since this college sudent went missing. The snow cover is now melting, and a concerted search is scheduled for next weekend. So far no one has come forward with information on this baffling case.