**Correction: The Signal paper insert regarding the investigation into the disappearance of John Fiocco Jr. says that Fiocco was reported missing at 2:40 a.m. on Sunday, March 26. The actual time of the report was 2:40 p.m.**
As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, freshman graphic design major John Fiocco, who was reported missing on Sunday, has still not been found.
“The State Police Missing Persons Unit has been here since Monday,” Matt Golden, director of Communications and Media Relations said.
Golden said that he has no information as to why the Missing Persons Unit has been focusing the search on the back entrance drop-off area behind Wolfe Hall this afternoon.
As police activity blocked off the Travers/Wolfe Lot 8 parking deck and the area behind Wolfe Hall, students gathered around in hopes of getting some word on the investigation, which has sparked rumors across campus at the College.
“I heard rumors as early as 1:30 p.m. today,” Golden said. “As of late this afternoon, I asked if his body was found and was told that there was no body found.”
In addition to the Missing Persons Unit, associates from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office were at the search scene.
According to Golden, Wolfe Hall was partially evacuated in order for the Missing Persons Unit to search the building thoroughly. Golden said that he believes that the evacuation would make it easier for search dogs to go through the building.
Fiocco was last seen in Wolfe Hall at approximately 3 a.m. on Saturday, March 25. He was reported missing at approximately 2:40 a.m. on Sunday, March 26. At that time, Campus Police notified local law enforcement and local hospitals and also started searching for him on campus and in the area.
Fiocco’s information was entered into the National Crime Information Center database, making it available to law enforcement officials across the country.
“Hopefully the result (of this investigation) is not what people are fearing,” Golden said.
According to a state trooper contacted at New Jersey State Police Division Headquarters, the protocol for the investigation of a missing person is case-by-case – there is no set procedure for how these searches are done. Based on phone calls received since the missing persons report was filed, “there may very well be leads,” he said. But, the officer stressed that there is no information to be released at this time.
Campus Police had no comment about the investigation, as it is ongoing.
According to the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Web site, nj.gov/njsp/miss/mpu.html, Fiocco is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is believed to be wearing a dark, collared shirt, blue jeans and a silver beaded necklace.
Anyone with any information concerning the condition or whereabouts of Fiocco should immediately contact the Office of Campus Police Services at 609.771.2167 or the anonymous police tip line at 609.538.8180.
As new information becomes available, updates about the search for John Fiocco will be posted on the signal-online Web site.