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Saturday, 20 August 2011

Stanford student reported missing while traveling in Malaysia

A Stanford student about to enter his last year of studies was reported missing by his parents after correspondence from him stopped six days ago while traveling in Malaysia.

Jacob Boehm, 22, went to Japan in June on tour with Stanford's Chamber Chorale. When the group returned home, he flew to Thailand instead and toured the country for about 40 days, teaching English in tsunami-ravaged towns and exploring the region, according to his mother Nancy Luberoff.

Boehm traveled briefly to Burma to renew his Thai visa, then headed to Malaysia around August 9 or 10. He is traveling alone and didn't have a specific itinerary, although he updated a public Google map and corresponded with his parents daily by phone or e-mail until Sunday.

"The U.S. Embassy staff has been very helpful and responsive, and we've been speaking with them by phone and e-mail several times a day," Luberoff said in an e-mail. "However, they have no news for us."

Boehm was traveling on US and German passports and last seen near Jerantut near Pahang District in Malaysia.

His parents filed missing person reports with both the US and German embassies in Kuala Lumpur, since Boehm holds dual citizenship.

The family has also reached out to the congressman in their home district in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and their local police department.

A Facebook event page about the search for Boehm has received an outpouring of responses, as those who know others in and near Malaysia are trying to rally a search effort by spreading the word through social media.

Boehm is a music major and lived in Columbae, a co-op house, during his most recent year at Stanford. He entered Stanford in 2007, took a year off and is scheduled to graduate next spring.

Contact Ellen Huet at 408-920-5852.
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Jacob Boehm's friends created a Facebook page to focus attention on the search for him: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=233901339978979

Boehm had been sharing his travels through a public Google map: http://maps.google.com.my/maps/ms?msid=201161083288264911833.0004a599ed8a78aa4e18e&msa=0&ll=6.195168%2C102.030029&spn=5.873583%2C7.064209


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