ROME — An American college student has vanished just hours after arriving in the Italian capital, according to police and his university.
Beau Solomon, a 20-year-old visiting student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, arrived in Italy on Thursday. He was reported missing the following morning by his roommate, John Cabot University said in a statement issued Sunday.
After the disappearance, Solomon’s parents called their son’s credit card company and “realized thousands of dollars had been charged” to his account, his brother Jake Solomon told NBC affiliate WMTV in Madison, Wisconsin.
The sophomore was last seen around 1 a.m. on Friday (7 p.m. ET Thursday) while at a pub in Rome and his roommate became “worried when he did not see Beau at orientation that morning,” according to the small liberal arts college based in Rome.
“John Cabot University also informed the American Embassy and the student’s home school, which notified the family,” the statement added.
Solomon’s disappearance was reported to Italian authorities by college officials at 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) on Friday, a spokesman for the police told NBC News.
Solomon’s parents were en route to Italy on Sunday, according to NBC affiliate WMTV in Madison, Wisconsin.
“We’re just really worried about his safety,” Jake Solomon told WMTV. “If anybody can reach out to anyone that they know to try to get somebody to recognize Beau and help spread the word, it would be incredibly helpful.”
Solomon had just finished his first year as a personal finance major, WMTV reported.
U.S. Embassy officials were not immediately available for comment.