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Recent UA grad missing

22-year-old recent UA graduate, Devon Hollahan, disappeared in Germany more than two weeks ago while returning home from a concert, spurring national news coverage and the creation of a Facebook group to help in the search process.

Hollahan was last seen in Frankfurt, Germany at around 3 a.m. on Nov. 21 by his friend Josh Friedman. Hollahan and Friedman were traveling from a Portugal The Man concert to their hostel. When Friedman stopped to ask for directions, he turned around and said that Hollahan was gone, CBS news reported.

In an interview with CBS, Friedman said, “”He had kind of a reputation for sort of disappearing, so when I turned around and he wasn’t there, that was my first thought — ‘Oh, he did it again.'””

It wasn’t until the following day that Friedman said he began to worry.

“”The next day, when he didn’t respond to any text messages or anything like that or e-mail, then I stared to really get concerned.””

Hollahan’s backpack was discovered in Frankfurt, but no form of identification was found in the bag.

Devon Hollahan’s father Jeff Hollahan, of Scottsdale, Ariz., arrived in Frankfurt on Monday, Nov. 30, to organize a search for his son. Jeff Hollahan was contacted, but did not return phone calls.

Devon Hollahan graduated from the UA Eller College of Management in the spring of 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics. He moved to Prague this summer to study and teach English in the Czech Republic.

Jennifer Dominguez, also a May 2009 graduate of UA Eller College with a degree in Marketing, was Devon Hollahan’s roommate during a 2007 summer internship in London through Eller College. Dominguez said that while they were traveling, Devon Hollahan would never stray from the larger group.

“”We went with like 25 UA students. We went out in groups together, we went out together, we traveled to other countries together,”” she said. “”He was very good about sticking together with the rest of us.””

It would have been out of character for Devon Hollahan to simply disappear, Dominguez said.

“”I’m just kind of shocked,”” she said. “”He carries himself very well, and he’s used to traveling, so I’m just shocked about the whole situation.””

Dominguez is encouraging people to join the “”Find Devon Hollahan”” Facebook group to give support to his search.

Though Dominguez remains supportive in Devon Hollahan’s search, she still worries about him ever being found.

“”I mean it has been two weeks, and I’m hoping for the best, but that’s a long time,”” she said. “”It just makes me really worried.””

Devon Hollahan’s father told CBS that staying hopeful was becoming hard in the search for his son.

“”Not finding a body is obviously a positive, but it would be really nice if we just had a little glimmer of hope, of a clue — anything at this point,”” he said.

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