D.C. police search for missing UM student

Senior, 22, from Greenbelt disappeared early Saturday from nightclub

April 22, 2005|By Jessica Bylander | Jessica Bylander,Special to baltimoresun.com

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia police are searching for a missing University of Maryland student who was last seen early Saturday at a nightclub in Southwest D.C., authorities said today.

According to police, 22-year-old Arvin Sharma of Greenbelt was out with a group of friends about 4 a.m. at Club Lime in the 1800 block of Half St.

Sharma's relatives suspect foul play, telling the Washington Times that he is not the type of person to disappear without telling his family. Police said they have not identified a motive in the disappearance.

Sharma, an Indian, is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing between 180 and 200 pounds, with light-complexioned skin, brown eyes, black hair, a thick mustache and a small goatee. According to investigators, he was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black, long-sleeved shirt, a black New York Yankees baseball cap and tan Timberland boots.

He also has a large mole or birthmark on his left forearm, police said.

The senior was due to graduate with honors next month with a bachelor's degree in geographic information systems and economics.

Anyone with information about Sharma's disappearance is urged to call the police department's Synchronized Operations Command Center at 202-727-9099.

Originally published April 22, 2005, 11:36 AM EDT

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