Former UB student missing

Graduate student Melvin George was last seen Feb. 14


The Amherst Police Department is searching for a former UB graduate student who has been missing for more than a week.

Melvin George, 26, was last seen near North Campus on Feb. 14, according to flyers posted around campus. A Facebook page created by George’s friends said George is a computer sciences graduate student at UB, however, UB spokesperson John Della Contrada said George is no longer enrolled at the university as of the spring semester.

University Police is assisting in the investigation.

Nisha George, George’s cousin, said all of George’s belongings were left in his apartment and no one has heard from him since his disappearance. She described George as a “smart, dedicated young man.”

“We are greatly concerned for [Melvin],” she said in an email.

Nisha said they are working with APD to find George. APD did not immediately return The Spectrum’s phone call.

George is 5’10” and while some flyers say George is 210 pounds, others say he is 180 pounds. The flyer said he may have grown out his beard “to change his appearance.”

“We are asking anyone and everyone who may have spoken to him, or seen him in the last week to please notify the authorities,” Nisha said.

Anyone with information regarding George’s whereabouts can contact APD at 716-689-1311.

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