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Police: Physical search for missing student over

The search for a missing Arizona State University student will not be carried out in a Tempe river basin, police said.

A Friday search conducted by multiple agencies came up empty-handed for a sign of 19-year-old Jack Culolias, who has been missing since Nov. 30 after being removed from Cadillac Ranch, a bar, during a fraternity event for being intoxicated.

Campus police said Culolias' friends saw him heading to a taxi cab, but he hasn't been seen since. His mother reported him missing Sunday.

The search was originally called off after three days, but a tip said a silhouette similar to that of a body was spotted in the water northeast of the area that crews had searched for three days.

Culolias' fraternity brothers were also aiding in the search.

"There's really nothing else I could imagine we'd be doing that would be more important than being here," said Alec Katric. "It's hard to focus somewhere else. I can't just sit in my room."

Katric said the experience has been "terrible" for him and his fraternity as the search for Culolias has gone on.

A shoe found earlier in the week near Tempe Town Lake was linked to Culolias on Friday.

The shoe was tested for DNA evidence that matched that of Culolias.

Police are planning to continue their investigation.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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