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UChicago Student Diwen Fan Reunited With His Family 3 Months After He Was Reported Missing

Fan, a 20-year-old incoming junior at UChicago, visited campus last week to celebrate his safe return, the university's undergraduate dean said.

Diwen Fan, a 20-year-old incoming junior at the University of Chicago who had been missing since May, was found safe and reunited with his family, university officials said.
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HYDE PARK — University of Chicago student Diwen Fan, who was reported missing three months ago, has been found safe, university officials said.

Fan, a 20-year-old incoming junior at UChicago, “is safe and has been reunited with his family,” undergraduate Dean John Ellison wrote in a letter to students Friday.

Fan and his family visited campus last week “to show their gratitude to the entire university community,” Ellison said.

Fan had been missing since May 5, when he was last seen leaving his dorm hall, according to the Huang and Hu PC law firm, which represented his family and pledged to “continue to support Diwen” moving forward.

UChicago police investigated Fan’s disappearance as a missing person case and did not suspect foul play, university spokesperson Gerald McSwiggan said in June.

Fan’s family promised a $10,000 reward in June for information that would help them find him. His academic performance may have been causing him stress, the family’s attorneys said.

“Your parents know that you had tried your best in school, and they really appreciate all the hard work you [put] in for yourself and for your family,” the attorneys said in a statement.

“However, life is more than just being enrolled in a fine institution or accomplishing good [grades]; perseverance, resilience, and determination are the qualities we cherish.”

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