Search continues for missing college student

By Emma Graves Fitzsimmons
Tribune staff reporter
Published December 9, 2006, 6:32 PM CST

The family of a missing 20-year-old college student passed out fliers with his photograph Saturday at the downtown Chicago hotel where he was last seen Nov. 21.

Jesse Ross, a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, disappeared about 2:30 that morning while attending a model United Nations conference at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel, 301 E. North Water St. Police said the investigation was at a standstill after interviewing more than 100 people.

Ross' father and brother arrived in Chicago on Friday to ask for the public's help in finding the outgoing student, who has red hair and freckles. His family said they organized a fundraiser at the university campus that raised about $1,300 for a reward.

The police's marine unit has searched the lakefront and Chicago River almost daily, police said.

The body of a 31-year-old Massachusetts man was pulled from the river last December, two weeks after he disappeared at the same Sheraton.