Candlelight Vigil Held for Missing ASU Student

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BREA, Calif. (KTLA) — Friends anbrea-picd family gathered for a vigil Thursday night for an Arizona State University student who disappeared two weeks ago.

Jack Culolias, 19, was last seen at the Cadillac Ranch bar in Tempe, Arizona, bar on November 30.

He was there for a fraternity-sponsored pledge event for Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Police said Culolias used a fake ID to enter the bar, and earlier admitted concerns to his stepmother and twin brother about his initiation into the fraternity.

Alex Culolias, Jack’s brother, said he was escorted from the bar for urinating from a balcony amid chants from fraternity members.

Alex says that he believes Jack is still alive, and he’s asking for the public’s help in finding him.

“I love you, Jack. I just want you back,” Alex said at the vigil. “If anybody has any information, please contact the Tempe Police Department, whether anonymously or not.”

One of Jack’s shoes was found near the banks of a lake near the ASU campus. Crews searched the area, and dive crews went into the lake, but there was no sign of him.

The Arizona State Department of Liquor and Licensing Control is reviewing information from Cadillac Ranch to determine if underage drinking violations occurred at the event.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been placed on probation twice since 2006, according to university spokeswoman Sharon Keeler.

In 2006, one person was hospitalized in a hazing incident in which new members were forced to drink alcohol.

Then, in 2011, the fraternity was again put on probation after members brought alcohol to a meeting in a classroom.

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  • deborah hahn

    My prayers are with the family. As a mom, Tempe resident, & compassionate person I have been following this story since it was first publicized. It is just too difficult to understand what happened & I feel the anguish and suffering the famly is going through. I will pray for answers.

  • Guest

    My thoughts and prayers go out to this family. I have also been following this story from the East Coast. My son is an ASU student and rushed this fraternity along with Jack. My son was accepted but decided that he didn’t have the time or money that needed to be invested into this “brotherhood” so he never went through with it. Now I am very happy that he didn’t. What I want to know is how could Jack’s so called Fraternity Brothers let him leave this establishment alone if he was intoxicated? Isn’t part of a brotherhood to take care of each other and support each other? The fraternity is not fully to blame. Some of the blame must lie within the individual for his or her own actions. But maybe Jack would be safe today if he wasn’t left to fend for himself. Let’s pray that he is soon found safe.

  • Carrie malone

    They are supposed to have a big brother that watches over them. It's really a sad situation altogether. Hopefully there will be a positive outcome. We can only pray.

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