Finding his way home

James Kolstedt, the student reported missing to university police by his family early in the morning of March 31, called home the same evening to say he was in Seattle, Wash., according to university police and university spokesman, Chris Cole.

Kolstedt’s call ended a widespread effort to locate him, which included a Norse Alert and a search by police departments and rescue squads from across Campbell County.

According to the police documents obtained under an open-records request, police had reason to be concerned for Kolstedt’s well-being. Kolstedt has a potentially life-threatening medical condition and it appeared he may not have had access to his medication.

Police were also concerned when they found Kolstedt’s keys, cell phone, and NKU All Card in his car on campus.

“Yes, it is good news. He has been found and I am very relieved,” said William Kolstedt, his brother, who lives in Buffalo, Mo. The family told police that Kolstedt was unaware that he had been reported missing when he contacted his family to say he was in Seattle. The report also said that Kolstedt said he had sent a letter to his father explaining his intentions to leave.

His father had not yet received the letter when the family reported James missing. The family has not offered any additional comment on why Kolstedt went to Seattle or why he left many of his belongings in his car.

Police officers from seven police departments were involved in the search: NKU Police, Highland Heights, Campbell County, Fort Thomas, Wilder, Bellevue and Florence. In addition, the Central Campbell Fire Department and Campbell County Search and Rescue responded.

A Facebook group offered support and posted updates throughout the day. Students, family and friends typed prayers and commented on how much they care about Kolstedt on the group’s wall.

Story by Jesse Call