Sunday, August 16, 2009

Search under way for missing student in Costa Rica

(picture provided by WLS-Chicago)Chicago (WLS) - A Chicago doctoral student was missing in Costa Rica Saturday night.

David Gimelfarb was supposed to start class at the Adler School of Professional Psychology Monday, but he disappeared after going on a hike in a Costa Rican national park last Tuesday.

Fifty Red Cross volunteers have been searching for him at the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

"Unfortunately, this is a really dense, forested area," said family friend Benjamin Dias. "So, it is really hard to cover much ground."

"We're working closely with the family to confirm any information we can and we'll be working with them to extend any assistance we can while they work to reunite with their son. He is a member of our student body, and we are very worried about him," said Jo Beth Cup of the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

Gimelfarb is a Highland Park, Ill. resident. His parents have flown to Costa Rica to join the search.

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