UC Merced

Missing UC Merced student surfaces in Southern California

A UC Merced student who was reported missing has been found safe in Southern California, university officials reported Saturday.

The student, 24-year-old Leonardo Villalpando-Ochoa, was reported missing by his parents on March 6 and UC Merced police had been looking for him.

Patti Istas, UC Merced's spokeswoman, did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding Villalpando-Ochoa's disappearance. "As far as I know, he is back with his family now," Istas said.

Villalpando-Ochoa is a senior at the campus.

-- Victor A. Patton