- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 3, 2005

SYKESVILLE, Md. (AP) — Police are looking for a college student from Maryland last seen being dropped off at a train station in Harrisburg, Pa., for a trip to New York City.

Patrick M. Welsh, 22, of Sykesville, has not been seen since April 15, Maryland State Police said.

Several calls were made on Mr. Welsh’s cell phone April 15 and April 18, police said, including one by a homeless man who called one of his own relatives.

Police also are looking for the homeless man, John D. Koppinger, who called a relative April 18. He left a voice-mail message that he had found the phone and wanted to let them that know he was OK.

Mr. Welsh is a senior majoring in professional writing at York College in York, Pa. He is scheduled to graduate in December.

He had made arrangements to visit friends in New York and planned to return April 19 to school.

Mr. Welsh’s father, Michael, reported him missing April 22 to State Police.

“Concern about his disappearance is growing, primarily due to the fact that there has been no further activity on his cell phone,” police said.

Officials from the college said that although Mr. Welsh was not on campus when he disappeared, they are helping in the effort to find him.

“We have posted fliers that state he is missing and have a photo of him,” campus spokeswoman Cobey Dietrich said. “Our department of public safety has spoken with friends and roommates trying to determine who last had contact with him.”

Miss Dietrich said she did not know whether any of the friends or roommates had been able to provide clues to Mr. Welsh’s whereabouts.

The last known cell phone call made by Mr. Welsh was on April 15 from Manhattan, police said.

Mr. Welsh is white, stands 6 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown eyes, shoulder-length hair and a scar on his right leg.

Mr. Koppinger, 37, is white, with brown hair and blue eyes. He stands 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 170 pounds.

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