K-State Football Player Found Safe

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police have located Kansas State University football player Sam Harvill who had been missing since Wednesday.

RCPD confirmed that Harvill was found safe.

Samual Harvill and his vehicle were found on Fort Riley Military Installation grounds by Fort Riley personnel at 12:27am Saturday. Fort Riley personnel conducted a routine check and discovered Mr. Harvill had been reported as missing, Lt. Josh Kyle with the the Riley County Police Department said in a statement.

"Fort Riley personnel then determined that Mr. Harvill was in good condition and required no immediate assistance," he said.

Officials say his mother contacted police Thursday asking officers to check on her son.

According to Harvill's profile on K-State's football page, he is a sophomore defensive tackle who graduated from Shiloh Christian High School in Springdale, Arkansas. The university lists his hometown as Stark City, Missouri which is located near the border of Missouri and Arkansas. He is a business administration major, according to officials.

The Riley County Police Department released the following information Thursday: "On Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM, Kristi Harvill reported that her son, 20-year-old Kansas State University student-athlete Samuel Harvill, had not been seen since 1:30 PM Wednesday, August 15, 2012. The RCPD is currently attempting to contact Mr. Harvill to check his welfare. Mr. Harvill may be in a silver 2005 Dodge R15 pick-up truck with large tires and black rims."

A tweet from the Riley County Police Department stated that officers are looking for Harvill because of "medical issues."

When asked about the tweet, Lieutenant Josh Kyle, a department spokesman, declined to elaborate on the "medical issues," saying only that the information is accurate but because of privacy concerns, no other details are being released.

Harvill was last seen in the Manhattan area but officials would not provide an exact location.

K-State head football coach Bill Snyder issued the following statement on the search for the defensive lineman: “We are concerned for Sam's safety and welfare. We are in contact with his family and area law enforcement authorities and will continue to assist in any way possible.”

The K-State Athletics Department declined to do an interview Friday and referred all questions to the Riley County Police Department.

"We’ve been following up investigative leads. We have received some information from the public but thus far, Mr. Harvill has not been located and we’re still attempting to follow up on the case and find him," Lt. Kyle said Friday. He declined to comment further on the case.

As of 4 PM on Friday, August 17, 2012, Kyle said: "The RCPD continues to follow up on leads from the public; however, there is currently no additional information to report about Mr. Harvill at this time."

K-State's campus is bustling as students prepare to start classes Monday but word that Harvill is missing has started to spread.

"I just hope he’s ok. I’m really giving my prayers out to the family and hopefully he comes back soon and in good shape," said K-State graduate student Karla Camacho-Godoy.

"I can only imagine that his parents are looking all over the place for him, trying everything they can, using every resource to locate him to try to bring him home safe," added student James Howze.

Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call the Riley County Police Department at 785-537-2112 ext. 0.

Anonymous tips can be left with the Manhattan/Riley County Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777 or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Or you can visit their website for other options: www.manhattanrileycountycrimestoppers.com.

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