A search for missing Kansas State lineman Sam Harvill ended early Saturday morning, more than 36 hours after Harvill was reported missing, when military personnel found him safe and sound on the grounds of a nearby Army base. According to a statement from Riley County Police, Harvill was discovered in his car inside Fort Riley shortly after midnight, in "good physical condition and requir[ing] no immediate assistance."
The reason for his disappearance are unclear. Harvill, 20, was initially reported missing on Thursday by his mother, who said she hadn't seen her son since 1:30 p.m. the previous day. According to the local Manhattan Mercury, police were "attempting to locate him to perform a welfare check for what they said were medical issues," though it's also unclear what those issues are, or whether they played a role in the ordeal. He is not facing any criminal charges.
Harvill was a three-star recruit in 2011 out of Springdale, Ark., and most recently listed by the school as a 6-foot-1, 255-pound defensive tackle. He redshirted last year as a true freshman, in part due to injury, and hasn't been listed on the official roster since spring practice. A K-State spokesman told the Mercury on Friday that Harvill was still a member of the team, and coach Bill Snyder issued a statement expressing concern "for Sam's safety and welfare."
After he was found on Saturday, though, a spokesman said Harvill is no longer part of the program, and there has been no further statement from Snyder, the school or Harvill's family. His future at KSU or elsewhere is uncertain.
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