Missing U of I student from NC found, reunited with family

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CHICAGO — A University of Illinois student who vanished after going through security at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last Saturday has been found and reunited with his family, according to a release by police.

Authorities did not say how or where Hye Min “Joseph” Choi was found.

The19-year-old was scheduled to fly from Chicago to PTI in Greensboro on May 17. His bags arrived, but he never did.

United Airlines told police that Choi did not book another flight through them.

Police say his mother picked up his luggage at PTI airport in Greensboro Saturday night.

Earlier in the week, detectives said they believed Choi ran away after “apparently having some problems in school.”

Choi is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in mechanical engineering.

A school administrator confirmed that Choi attended Northwest Guilford High School, where he graduated fourth in his class.