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Vigil held at Tempe Marketplace for missing student

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

Tempe Police have not turned up anything of note while searching Tempe Town Lake and the surrounding area for a missing ASU student.

19-year-old Jack Culolias was last seen getting escorted out of Cadillac Ranch in Tempe about 11 p.m. Friday night. He was at the bar for a fraternity event and had been drinking -- he was kicked out because he was too drunk.

His stepmother called in a welfare check to ASU Police when she hadn't heard from Jack, and he could not be located. Soon, Tempe Police got involved in the investigation.

Family members and friends grew more frenzied to find him as the days went by, and on Tuesday, organized a search of their own around Tempe Marketplace. Jack's stepmother located a lone shoe down an embankment by the lake.

By its appearance, it seems to be something Jack would wear and has worn, but DNA results will ultimately confirm whether or not it belonged to him.

"I have seen him wearing those shoes," said Alex Culolias, Jack's twin brother. "And those shoes weren't at his dorm, so he was probably wearing those shoes that night. I don't think he's in the lake, I'm hoping he's not in the lake and we're hoping he's out there just wandering around not knowing what's going on."

Upon the discovery of the shoe, Tempe Police brought in search dogs to track Jack's scent, but they were unsuccessful in finding any trace of him around the area. Sundown hit, and the search resumed Wednesday morning.

MCSO Lake Patrol brought in specialty equipment to search the lake, including an underwater robot that uses sonar technology and cameras to find anything foreign. A dive team and helicopter are also being utilized.

"Nothing has been located that shows that Jack is down there in that area of the lake," said Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley during an afternoon press conference on Wednesday. "We have to make sure we eliminate this area as a possibility."

Sgt. Pooley could not confirm if Cadillac Ranch had been serving Jack alcohol, but did note that  Jack owned a fake ID.

Unfortunately, surveillance video from Cadillac Ranch doesn't contribute many clues. It's of poor quality, and there are so many people there, it is hard to pick Jack out.

"Our investigators are working with the different people who were the last to see Jack. I can't go into specifics -- this is an ongoing investigation," said Pooley.

That includes the staff at the bar who escorted him out.

Detectives are also looking into the possibility there was hazing going on by the fraternity Jack was pledging. He had indicated to his family that he was worried about what the upcoming week would bring.

"Shaved his head, made him grow a beard, so he looked different but still the same guy," says brother Nick Culolias.

"I just want him home," said Renae Culolias, Jack's stepmother. "Somebody had to see something. This is a very populated area, he was escorted out of the bar, where did he go?"

Hungry Howie's Pizza, located near campus, have put missing person flyers on all their pizza boxes. Members of the community gathered to hold a vigil for Jack on Wednesday night at Tempe Marketplace, where he was last seen.

The search wrapped up at sundown Wednesday. It will resume Thursday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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