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Update: 'Please come home,' parents of missing Wahpeton college student plead

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Update: 'Please come home,' parents of missing Wahpeton college student plead
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

WAHPETON, N.D. - Andrew Sadek's worried classmates ringed a media briefing room at the technical college campus here as his parents pleaded through the lenses of news cameras for the missing student to return.

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"Please come home," said his visibly emotional father, John Sadek. The Rogers, N.D.-area farming family needs the 20-year-old's help with spring calving, he said.

Through tears, Tammy Sadek thanked the students and volunteer searchers for their help in looking for Andrew, who was last seen shortly before walking out of his North Dakota State College of Science dorm, Norgaard Hall, at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

She cautioned them not to undertake their own search efforts without the direction of law enforcement.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department has helped conduct the foot, air and K-9 searches in and around the Wahpeton area, including the river, said NDSCS campus police Sgt. Steve Helgeson.

A tipster who reported possibly seeing Sadek on foot late Sunday afternoon near Tyler, N.D., also sparked a search of that area, but with no results so far.

Helgeson said officials were also considering a civil air patrol search. There was no indication as to why Sadek might have left, and while he has a cell phone, it's not on, Helgeson said.

Sadek is 6 feet tall, 175 pounds, with curly brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans, orange and blue tennis shoes, and a red and black sweatshirt with white lettering that says "football" on it. He was carrying a black and silver backpack, Helgeson said.

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