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Missing EWU Student FOUND

UPDATE: Potapenko has been located and has been in touch with family members. The circumstances surrounding his disappearance remain a mystery.

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CHENEY, Wash. - A sad time for members of Eastern Washington University Wednesday as the search continues for a missing 20-year-old student. Friends that know Jonathan Potapenko say he is a quiet kid, but very studious and goal driven. They say it's just not like him to go missing. 

As finals week nears it's end on the EWU campus, students prepare to head home for the holidays. But in the Computer and Engineering building they're already missing one of their own. Potapenko went missing Sunday night and now has missed all of his finals. 

"He attended class regularly. His work is very good. One of those students that's pretty easy to work with," Potapenko's Advisor Tom Capaul said. "You don't have to harp on him about turning his assignments in on time, and coming to class he's a very good student."

Spokane Police are handling the case and officers said today they have no updates on the matter. 

EWU Computer Science Faculty sent out an email Wednesday to all its students that read in part:

"Since you may be his classmate, you may have information that would be helpful to the police. If so, please contact them if you do-911."

Potapenko is 6'3", 175 pounds with brown hair and eyes. He is driving a 2006 gray Toyota Camry with WA license AFR7355. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Jonathan Potapenko, they are asked to call 911.

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