The family of a 19-year-old UC Berkeley soccer player who went missing after attending a fraternity party near the University of Southern California offered a $50,000 reward Sunday night for information leading to his whereabouts.
Eloi Vasquez was last seen about 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the 600 block of West 28th Street (map), according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Vasquez told his friends that he wanted to take a walk and left the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house, according to LAPD and a statement from UC Berkeley's athletic department.
He did not return, the LAPD release stated, adding that Vasquez had no money or identification with him at the time.
The last call he made was to a friend in Berkeley, according to his mother.
"He was telling her he was in trouble and scared and lost and didn't know where he was," Wendy Margolin said.
According to Margolin, her son had been upset about an injury that had sidelined him from the current soccer season, but he appeared to be recovering from that disappointment.
The family had urged him to spend part of his spring break with friends at USC.
After his disappearance, they drove all night Saturday from Northern California to help with the search.
"We're just at the point where we're so worried because there's no sign of him anywhere," Margolin said. "With all the news stations publicizing him, the flyers everywhere ... he's not contacting anyone, his cellphone is dead. So we just have no idea where he could possibly be."
His brothers were also asking for the public's help in locating him.
"We just really want to know that he's safe and OK. If anyone knows anything, any type of way of figuring out what's going on, we'd love to know," said Julian Vasquez.
The soccer player's younger brother Adrian added, "I just want to tell him that I love him. I hope he shows up soon."
The university's athletic department issued a statement about Vasquez's disappearance on Facebook shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday.
"As you may have heard, one of our student-athletes, Eloi Vasquez, a 19-year old freshman on our men’s soccer team, has been reported missing," the statement read. "Eloi is a wonderful young man who has excelled both academically and athletically here at Cal. We are all very concerned for Eloi’s safety.
Vasquez is described as Hispanic, with black hair, brown eyes, standing 6 feet tall and weighing about 175 pounds. He was said to be wearing a white T-shirt, grey pants and white tennis shoes when he was last seen.
Anyone with information about Vasquez's whereabouts is asked to call the watch commander of the LAPD's Southwest Division at 213-486-8582. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) 527-3247.
Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to 274637. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” They can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.