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UWM Police dispute online posts claiming missing student Sean Baek was victim of foul play, abducted

Posted at 5:02 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 18:02:33-05

MILWAUKEE — UW-Milwaukee Police are disputing social media posts that suggest missing student Sean Baek was the victim of foul play.

Police say Baek, a freshman from McFarland, Wisconsin, was last seen leaving the Cambridge Commons residence hall early Friday morning. Authorities are searching the neighborhood and along the nearby Milwaukee River.

UWM Police say posts online have suggested that Sean is the victim of foul play. One of the posts says that Sean was abducted to the Chicago area. Police say as of right now, they have no evidence to support those claims.

Police believe Sean and another student were using LSD, and that the other student began reacting badly to the drug, shortly before Sean ran out of the residence hall at 2323 N. Cambridge Ave. at 1:25 a.m. Friday. At about the same time that Sean was seen leaving the building, an eyewitness saw a person run toward the riverbank near the residence hall. Sean had sent a text to a family member at 1:20 a.m. stating, "I love you guys, I am so sorry."

"The UWM Police Department previously did not share the information regarding the reported drug use because it did not want Sean or anyone with relevant information to fear getting into trouble and thus not come forward," UWM Police wrote in a statement. "We are sharing more information now because we feel it is important that concerned members of the campus and wider community are not misled or diverted by rumors not supported by the information gathered by police."

The search for a missing UW Milwaukee student continues

Anyone with information is asked to contact UWM Police at (414) 229-4627 or Milwaukee Police at (414) 935-7211.

At the time of his disappearance, Sean was wearing a Milwaukee Bucks cap, a maroon, white and dark colored shirt, and white shoes. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has Type 1 diabetes, is insulin-dependent and needs medication regularly.

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