Gianfranco Villagomez Saldana: Student missing from Lawrence Found

UPDATE:  12/9/13 – Police believe they have found Gianfranco’s body. The coroner’s office investigators have made a preliminary id. A woman and her son found a body in their backyard at 837 Avalon Rd. about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, which is about a mile from where Gianfranco was last seen.

“Preliminary information from the scene does not indicate foul play was involved in the death, however, an autopsy and further investigation is planned for tomorrow,” said Sgt. Trent McKinley of the Lawrence Police Department.

Previous story:  Gianfranco Villagomez-Saldana, 23, from Lawrence, Kansas has been missing since Saturday, Dec 7, 2013.

He was last seen near Ninth and Michigan streets around 2:30 a.m.  He was walking the half-mile home after being at a friend’s house but did not make it. 

Villagomez is graduate student at KU with honors in industrial design.  He has never gone missing before.

“I miss my boyfriend, He is lost, and we all want to find him.  He’s such a wonderful person, and he always took such good care of me.  I just hate that he’s out there somewhere, maybe hurt,” said Donna Harkrider, who Villagomez shared an apartment with.

Villagomez is 5’8″ tall, 165 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and glasses.  He was last seen wearing a blue shirt with a KU Jayhawk logo and a long-sleeved gray shirt, a black jacket, jeans and white tennis shoes.

If you have any information, please call the Lawrence Police Dept. at 785-832-7509.

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