Bates College student goes missing in Rome

This Sept. 6, 2013 photo released by Bates College shows student John Durkin, of Rye, N.H. The college said Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, that Durkin, one of six Bates students participating in a study-abroad program, is missing in Rome and has not been seen for two days. Durkin, a junior studying economics, is a linebacker on the football team. (AP Photo/Bates College)
This Sept. 6, 2013 photo released by Bates College shows student John Durkin, of Rye, N.H. The college said Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, that Durkin, one of six Bates students participating in a study-abroad program, is missing in Rome and has not been seen for two days. Durkin, a junior studying economics, is a linebacker on the football team. (AP Photo/Bates College) –AP

A Bates College economics major from New Hampshire who is in a study-abroad program has gone missing in Rome, the college said today.

John Durkin, class of 2015, of Rye Beach was participating in the program through Trinity College in Hartford.

“On-site staff from Trinity are working actively with the Italian authorities to determine the circumstances surrounding his disappearance,’’ Bates College said in a statement posted on its website.

“We’re very concerned, of course. We certainly don’t want a student of ours to be missing,’’ said Meg Kimmel, associate vice president for communications at Bates.

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