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Father of missing student says motorist may have seen him

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Austin Hudson-Lapore, University of Chicago student missing since Wednesday. Austin Hudson-Lapore, University of Chicago student missing since Wednesday.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

There is a potential development in the case of the University of Chicago student who's been missing since last week.

The father of Austin Hudson-Lapore tells FOX 32 a motorist has come forward who saw a young man resembling Austin in the South Loop over the weekend.

"We're hoping that somebody out in your viewing audience, somebody out there has seen our son and can help return him to us," Gregg Lapore says.

Austin Hudson Lapore, 20, took his last final exam Wednesday and relaxed at his off campus apartment with his roommates before vanishing.

His family flew from New Mexico to Chicago over Father's Day weekend to help search for him.

Accompanied by Chicago police, his father Gregg took to Hyde Park businesses Monday, along the street where Austin was last seen to try and establish a timeline of his movements before he disappeared.

Gregg said that the University of Chicago junior was surfing the web at his place before he stepped out without his wallet or cell phone, just his keys. He was last seen around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Austin's father also believes the bio chemistry major may have ventured out towards the lake to watch the storm.

"We think that Austin came down to the park to watch the thunderstorm happen and he may have gotten too close to some of the seawalls there," Gregg Lapore says. "They say the wind was very strong and erratic and he may have just been standing too close."

On Monday, University of Chicago police interviewed a witness who says he was driving near State and Roosevelt over the weekend when a young man resembling Austin stumbled in front of his car in a disoriented state.

"A gentleman called who had almost run into him because the young man was crossing the street against the light and he luckily used his car to protect him from being hit, but the young man was unresponsive when he called out to ask if anything was wrong," Gregg explains.

On Saturday, volunteers led by community activist Andrew Holmes passed out flyers and tried to retrace the student's steps. Austin's family, who lives in New Mexico, set up the website ‘Find Austin Hudson' with information and photos.

Austin is 5'7", 110 lbs, with dark blonde hair.

Gregg said he Skyped with his son last Saturday for several hours and that he appeared upbeat and happy.

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