CHICAGO (KRQE) - An Albuquerque Academy graduate now in his third year of college has disappeared during a storm in Chicago.
Austin Hudson-Lapore was last seen by his roommate last week just before the powerful storm hit. He left without his wallet and phone.
Volunteers, friends, and family are now out in full force searching for the University of Chicago student.
A bloodhound, after taking a good whiff of Hudson-Lapore's clothes at his apartment in the Hyde Park neighborhood, picked up a scent less than a mile at Promontory Point on Lake Michigan. A half a mile down the lake the dog alerted again just east of the Museum of Science and Industry.
"This is just my opinion," said K-9 trainer Rob Larson. "I'm 95 percent sure Austin made it this far right here."
Hudson-Lapore, a third-year biochemistry student, has been missing since Wednesday. His friends and family believe he came to Lake Michigan to check out the storms after taking his final exams.
"He's loved weather since he was a child. When he was 3 he would rather watch the Weather Channel cartoons on TV," his father, Gregg Lapore, said after coming to Chicago to join the search. "It's the not knowing.
"If something had happened to Austin and he'd been crossing the street and hit by car, you know. But right now we don't know."
On Saturday night they got a tip that someone who looked like Austin was seen walking on Lake Shore Drive near Roosevelt Road miles to the north of the search area.
"Whether it was foul play or nature, all we want to know where is he so we can take him home," Gregg Lapore said.
Lapore said he talked to his son via Skype for hours before his disappearance and says his son sounded happy.
Hudson-Lapore was a frequent science bowl competitor while a student at Albuquerque Academy. He graduated in 2010.
The family has set up a website: FindAustinHudson.com .
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