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Colleen Murphy | Editor in Chief

A junior studying abroad in South Africa has been declared missing, according to a University statement.

Nicholas Upton was last seen swimming in the East Cape Province on Sunday, Aug. 30 at about 10:30 p.m. local time.

Cape Town authorities are conducting a search and are working with program representatives, Upton’s family and the U.S. Embassy, according to the release.

Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski said in the statement that GW is “closely monitoring this situation.” Officials are in touch with Upton’s family, he added.

“We continue to hope and pray for Nicholas’ safe return,” Konwerski said.
 
Upton is a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity and the men’s rowing team, according to a statement on the Kappa Alpha Facebook page.
 
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