UW-Madison Student Missing in Japan

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

An international search is underway in Japan for a missing exchange student from UW–Madison.

20-year-old Andy Lathrop of Menasha is teaching English in Japan.

He and a friend took a trip Monday to the city of Hakodate on the northern island of Hokkaido. They split up, but agreed to meet up later that day to take a ferry back to Japan's main island. The friend said Lathrop never showed up, or responded to cell phone calls or messages.

Now, Andy's parents and his exchange program believe he is missing. Police in Japan are investigating, and searching for Lathrop.

He is supposed to return to Wisconsin on Saturday.

A weblog has been set up to help find him. For more information, log onto target="_blank">http://www.FindAndy.org/.

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