Search for Taiwanese missing in Alabama continues

09/05/2019 03:33 PM
Taiwanese student Lai Chih-kai (photo from
Taiwanese student Lai Chih-kai (photo from

Taipei, Sept. 5 (CNA) Taiwan's foreign ministry said Thursday that a search continues for a missing Taiwanese student in the U.S. State of Alabama with no success so far after three weeks.

Auburn police said Aug. 21 that Lai Chih-kai (賴致愷), a 21-year-old from Taiwan's National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT) who was attending Auburn University in Alabama as an exchange student, had been reported missing. He last contacted his family Aug. 17, the police added.

Local police have been engaged in an extensive search since then, but Lai's whereabouts were still unknown.

Auburn police on Monday released a surveillance photo taken near Lai's apartment before his disappearance. In the photo, Lai was seen wearing black warm-up pants with white stripes, running shoes, a t-shirt and glasses, according to a local TV station.

Auburn police have called on anyone who may have seen, or been in communication with Lai since mid-day Sunday, Aug. 18th, or who may have information regarding his whereabouts, to call the Auburn Police Division Detective Section.

Police authorities previously said there is no indication of foul play as they believed that Lai disappeared of his own accord.

Asked to comment, foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) told CNA Thursday that Taiwan's representative office in Atlanta, the closest Taiwanese office to Alabama, is working on the case.

The office has also sent staff to accompany Lai's family, who have traveled to the U.S., she noted.

(By Joseph Yeh)


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