As the search a missing Ohio State football player continues, the university has publicly addressed the situation for the first time.
Kosta Karageorge has not been seen since leaving his on-campus apartment very early Wednesday. The search, which is now in its third day, involves the Columbus Police Department and the player’s family and friends, and came after the family filed missing person’s reports with three different police departments.
Karageorge, a senior walk-on, did not show for practice Wednesday or Thursday. Karageorge’s head coach asked anyone with any knowledge of the defensive lineman’s whereabouts to contact authorities.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the family of Kosta Karageorge and we pray that he is safe and that he is found soon,” Urban Meyer said in a statement. “He is a young man who joined the football team in August and was a hard worker on the field and pleasant off the field. He has been an important player in practice for us, right up until the time he was reported missing. If anyone knows anything about his whereabouts, please help his family and contact the authorities.”
In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch, Karageorge’s sister, Sophia Karageorge, pointed to a history of sports-related concussions and sometimes becoming disoriented that has the family understandably worried. In that vein, the football program also released a statement attributed to the team’s physician, Dr. Jim Borchers.
“First and foremost, our primary concern is for the health, safety and welfare of Kosta,” the doctor said. “While we are not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes, we are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness.”
Again, anyone with any type of information on Karageorge’s whereabouts is being asked to call 614-747-1729.