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AU veterinary student missing in Thailand

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July 30, 2009
By Jennifer Fiala

A 29-year-old Auburn University veterinary medical student is missing, and his parents are asking for the public's help in locating him.

Michael Griffin Harrie was last seen in Thailand on July 14. He was participating in a study abroad program at Iwate University in Morioka, Japan, and was reported missing on July 16 by his parents after he failed to show up for a planned meeting with them in Tokyo, an AU news release says.

Harrie, a native of Southern California, went missing while on a sightseeing trip in Bangkok, seperate from the study abroad program. "He was planning to use his study abroad experience to help prepare him for his next year of veterinary school," his father Paul Harrie says in the AU release.

Michael Harrie is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 175 pounds and has brown hair, blue eyes and wears glasses.

The AU release states that two university representatives traveled to Tokyo last week to meet with Harrie's family and to provide assistance. The university reportedly is working with law enforcement in Thailand and has been in contact with the consul general in Japan, as well as the American Embassy in Thailand.

Anyone with information that might assist in finding Harrie should call the AU Department of Public Safety and Security at (334) 844-8888.

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