Family offers reward to help find missing UChicago student

Diwen Fan
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The family of a missing University of Chicago sophomore is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his safe return, as the discovery of a note leads to greater concern.

For more than a month now, 20-year-old Diwen Fan of China has been missing from the U of C campus.

His family in Beijing contacted Chicago attorney Yilun Hu a couple of weeks ago to lead the search here.

“We found a note in his dorm, but we cannot release the information on the note for now,” Hu said.

The note caused Fan’s parents to worry about his safety, the attorney said.

He said Fan’s credit cards have not been used — at least the ones Fan’s parents are aware of.

Hu said there was an indication Fan had an “unsatisfactory academic record,” and his parents released the following statement telling the college sophomore not to be frustrated by things out of his control, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Your parents know that you had tried your best in school and they really appreciate all the hard work you putted in for yourself and for your family,” the statement read. “However, life is more than just being enrolled in a fine institution or accomplishing good grade; perseverance, resilience, and determination are the qualities we cherish. There is not a single task in your life that cannot be resolved, but the key is to always have an optimistic mentality.”

Hu said Fan may have bought a Greyhound bus ticket, but he says there’s no proof he ever left Chicago.

The University of Chicago is working with police and Fan’s family to help in the investigation.

“Our thoughts are with Diwen and his family and we hope for his safe return,” spokesman Gerald McSwiggan wrote in a statement.

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