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      Search is on for missing Valdosta State student

      Officials with the office say that the family of 19-year-old Nathaniel Wilkins reported him as missing Monday afternoon after he was last seen on Thursday, April 18 when they dropped him for his class at the university. / Provided by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office

      First Update
      Lowndes County officials say that the Colorado Police Department has found Nathan Wilkins who was safe; no motive is yet confirmed for his disappearance.


      Initial Story
      The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office needs your help after a Valdosta State University student has gone missing.

      Officials with the office say that the family of 19-year-old Nathaniel Wilkins reported him as missing Monday afternoon after he was last seen on Thursday, April 18 when they dropped him for his class at the university.

      Authorities say that on Monday afternoon, a person fishing from the banks of the Little River at the Lowndes â" Brooks County line on Morven Road noticed clothing that appeared to be suspicious. When the fisherman examined the clothes he located a note believed to be from Nathaniel Wilkins and became even more suspicious. The Brooks County Sheriff's Office was called and responded to the scene.

      Based on the discovery, authorities say that the dive team from the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene along with boats from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to assist Brooks County with the search effort. Following an extensive search at the Little River and based on additional investigation, officials say the search effort at the river has been discontinued despite Wilikins not yet being located; investigators no longer believe he is in the river.

      Sheriff Prine is asking that anyone with information about Nathaniel Wilkins is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at {229} 671-2950, anonymous tips may be placed at {229} 671-2985 or on-line at www.lowndessheriff.com.

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