Atlanta > Missing Student Found in Illinois

| May 22, 2015


ATLANTA — The Clark Atlanta University student who disappeared on her way to graduation Monday was found in Illinois, officials said.

DeKalb County police spokesman Capt. S.R. Fore told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday afternoon that Alexis Jones-Rhodes had been located in Illinois and was safe. Fore also said no criminal activity was involved.

No further information was immediately available.

Missing Clark Atlanta student found in Illinois photo
Alexis Jones-Rhodes
Jones-Rhodes left her family’s Decatur-area home early Monday morning with her cap and gown and was supposed to be heading to her graduation from Clark Atlanta University. Her family became worried when she never walked across the stage.

The school confirmed that there was no record of Jones-Rhodes signing in for the commencement exercises. The AJC confirmed Wednesday that, while Jones-Rhodes was enrolled for the spring 2015 semester at Clark Atlanta, she was not eligible for graduation.

Attempts to reach Jones-Rhodes’ family directly were unsuccessful Thursday, but a short statement was released through the same marketing agency that distributed the initial news of her disappearance.

“Both her mother and father would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support, especially the Police and the media for their swift response,” the emailed statement said. “We are happy she is safe.”

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