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Student in a study-abroad program through CT college missing in Italy

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

Bates College says a 21-year-old student from New Hampshire is missing in Rome.

The college said Friday that John Durkin, of Rye, N.H., was among six Bates students participating in a study-abroad program through Trinity College in Connecticut.

Friends traveling with the group said Durkin has not been seen for two days. They said he went out to a bar and never returned.

Durkin, who's a linebacker on the football team, is a junior studying economics.

Bates College spokeswoman Meg Kimmel says college officials have been in touch with Durkin's parents, and said Durkin's father is on his way to Italy.

Officials with Bates College said they are working Trinity College and Italian authorities "to determine the circumstances surrounding his disappearance." 

"This situation is deeply distressing for John's family, his fellow students and the entire Bates community. We are working actively with Trinity College to monitor events as they evolve, and we will share information as it becomes available," Bates College's statement stated.

Kimmel said the college is "very concerned" about Durkin.

"We certainly don't want a student of ours to be missing," said Kimmel.

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