Mother of missing ASU student, Jack Culolias, joins search for son

TEMPE, AZ - An Arizona State University student has been missing since Friday night, and now his mother and stepmother have joined the search.

Jack Culolias was last seen at 11 p.m. on Friday, at the Cadillac Ranch Restaurant at Tempe Marketplace. He was celebrating the start of Hell Week. He was a pledge for Sigma Alpha Epsilon. His family said he was kicked out of the restaurant.

According to reports, friends and family have been contacting local hospitals and searching around the Tempe area for the 19-year-old.

On Tuesday, friends and family searched the river area behind Tempe Marketplace for any clues to Culolias' disappearance.

Culolias' mother was able to find a shoe, which she believes belongs to her son. It could be one of many clues to find where her son may be located. The shoe was located in the Salt River Basin that's on the north side of Tempe Market Place. Family tells ABC15 Culolias was wearing a pair of Red Vans the night he disappeared. The shoe that was found was the same shoe size as Culolias'.

"It's heartbreaking in a sense, it was good, in a sense that there's something possibly there, but in a sense we didn't want to find it," said Renae Culolais, Jack's stepmother.

Sgt. Michael Pooley with the Tempe Police Department said detectives are testing DNA from the shoe to confirm whether or not it belongs to Jack.

Culolias reportedly left his wallet and phone at Cadillac Ranch on Friday night, so he has no way to contact anyone.

Cadillac Ranch said in a statement, "We are saddened by the disappearance of Jack Culolias, and are working with local authorities on this matter. We hope he is found safe and our thoughts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Police are questioning all the members of the fraternity. 

"He had mentioned to me that he wouldn't be talking to me that much because of 'hell week', there was a lot of fraternity things going on with the hazing," said his stepmother.

"I hope that he's okay, but I have a feeling he might be hurt," said Miguel Alvarez, a close family friend.

The family is trying to stay optimistic, but it gets harder with each passing day. "I'm afraid what we find will be hard to accept," said "Tino Caro, Jack's grandfather.

Jack's mother Grace Culolias added, "We're just hoping that Jack is still okay and he's found."

Pooley said detectives will now focus on information gathered questioning people.

He said at this time no one has been detained and that they are looking at all aspects of the case, including possible fraternity hazing.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters released this statement Wednesday:

"Sigma Alpha Epsilon offers its prayers and support for Culolias' family, friends and chapter brothers and hopes and prays for his safe return. In addition, we ask for the public's assistance in helping to locate him."

Detectives have gone through surveillance video, but according to Pooley, the restaurant was too crowded to see a clear picture of Jack.

The 19-year-old is 6 feet tall with brown eyes and brown hair.

If you have any information as to where Culolias may be located, please contact Tempe police.

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