The American college student who disappeared in France while studying abroad is a member of Turning Point USA, a conservative organization on many college campuses.
Ken DeLand Jr. is a senior at St. John Fisher University in Rochester, New York, and disappeared while studying French at the University of Grenoble Alpes. He contacted his parents in November. 27 uses WhatsApp, but has not been heard from since. The student boarded a train bound for Valence, France, in November. 27, according to his family.
“Pray for Ken,” reads an Instagram post from TPUSA students. “Help us find our chapter president, Ken DeLand…Ken was last heard from by his family on November 27, 2022 when he left his foster family’s residence and went up to a train to Valence, France.”
In a statement to Fox News Digital, a TPUSA spokesperson said DeLand was president of the St. John Fisher University and attended several conferences with the group.
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“The organization is very concerned for Ken DeLand’s well-being. The entire Turning Point USA family and community is praying for his safety and we are actively trying to spread the word in hopes that someone who knows where he is will see our messages and our posts . . . and help Ken’s family locate him as soon as possible,” a TPUSA spokesperson said.
Grenoble prosecutor Eric Vaillant previously told Fox News Digital that DeLand appears to have left the city on his own.
Vaillant said DeLand “told several people that he came to France unprepared and had difficulty making friends.”
Police obtained a copy of DeLand’s recent purchases and found he used a bank card to make a purchase in the city of Montelimar in December. 3 at 9 a.m
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DeLand was “last seen wearing a red jacket, scarf, gray cap, blue jeans/pants, black backpack and sneakers,” according to a website made by his family.
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