Vague note left by student offers no news of location

Sarah McKenzie

The father of a missing Centennial Hall resident found a note Tuesday evening in the student’s room indicating the 19-year-old had plans to go “out on a roam.”
According to police reports, Kathryn Sidwell, a freshman in the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, was last seen in the residence hall April 19. The hall director reported her missing to the University Police Department on Monday.
On Tuesday, Sidwell’s father flew to Minneapolis from Kansas to look for his daughter with the investigators. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
The note found in Sidwell’s single room did not contain any specifics about her whereabouts or if she left campus with anyone else, said University Police Sgt. Jo Anne Benson.
Sidwell addressed the letter to her parents but has not called them with any information about her plans to leave the University, Benson said.
“We will continue to list her as a missing person until she calls,” she added.
Sidwell has been described as a quiet student, but Benson said there was no sign that the student was suicidal or depressed.
Ralph Rickgarn, coordinator of student behavior for Housing and Residential Life, said housing officials still had not heard from Sidwell or any other residents with information on her disappearance on Wednesday.
“It’s just very sad,” Rickgarn said.
Centennial Hall staff members have spent the past week searching for clues to Sidwell’s location.
University Police are asking anyone with information on Sidwell’s disappearance to call the department’s tipline: 378-1914.