The search for University of Maryland student Kaitlyn George, 21, continues in College Park, Maryland, and her family are pleading for the help of the public. George was last seen leaving her dorm on Thursday with outdoor gear, on her way to meet her boyfriend to leave on a camping trip. Kaitlyn George never showed.
Prince George’s County police say that George was last seen leaving her dorm, Allegany Hall, around 4 p.m. and heading towards the Eppley Rec Center where she was supposed to get some extra camping gear. Kaitlyn George has not been seen since. George is from Toms River, New Jersey, and her family is now on campus at the University of Maryland joining the search.
Kaitlyn George’s aunt, Jeanine Bryde, says this is totally out of character for George.
“It is out of character she’s a responsible young lady. She takes leadership training she got certified in outdoor rescue last summer.”
— George Solis WJZ (@GeorgeSolisWJZ) November 11, 2016
Flyers have been posted all over the campus, and George’s family is desperately speaking to as many people as possible. Kima Oudit, a student at UM, saw George’s mother speaking to people outside of the dorm. Kaitlyn George’s parents are staying in a local motel near campus.
“She was screaming about to be in tears, her hair was frazzled, slippers on, looked like she woke up and ran out. She was tripping over herself, it hurt my heart so bad to see that.”
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Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas of the University of Maryland Police made a statement to the press.
“Everyone is concerned here including us, we do not expect foul play but have a team of detectives working.”
— Locatethemissing.com (@MissingCases) November 11, 2016
The Diamondback, the University of Maryland daily paper says Kaitlyn George has not been seen since her roommates saw her leave their dorm on Thursday afternoon for her camping trip. They released a description of George.
Kaitlyn George is 5-foot-3-inches tall, weighs 121 pounds and has hazel eyes and blonde hair. She was last seen wearing black leggings, a green long-sleeved jacket and bright-colored, mid-calf socks.
University of Maryland Police says they do not suspect foul play but ask that anyone with information call 301-405-3555.
The Baltimore Sun says that police were called to the University of Maryland earlier in the week involving people being shot at with a BB gun. On Sunday night, a car was driving around campus firing a BB gun at students. The University of Maryland Police released a statement detail what happened Sunday night.
“Both incidents occurred around 7:30 p.m., police said. A male student reported to police that he was struck by what he believed to be a BB pellet while on Paint Branch Drive. Another male student also reported being struck by a suspected BB pellet while he was walking along the sidewalk on Stadium Drive between Stadium Drive Garage and Ellicott Hall.”
— UMD Police Dept. (@UMPD) November 11, 2016
College Factual, a campus safety rating site gives University of Maryland an overall C- when it comes to crime and safety, with the bulk of crime being burglary and car theft.
“Beyond College Park, other nearby towns and cities include Hyattsville, Bladensburg, and Greenbelt. Altogether, these locations have an overall far above average amount of crime when compared to other areas nationwide, meaning the area could be unsafe.”
Have you seen Kaitlyn George? If you have any information, please call 301-405-3555.
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