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D.C. Police Seek Help Finding U-Md. Student

By Petula Dvorak
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page C03

D.C. police said they are seeking the public's help in locating a university student who was last seen more than a week ago at a nightclub in the city.

Arvin Sharma, 22, of Greenbelt, is scheduled to graduate with honors from the University of Maryland in four weeks, and his family members are convinced that something terrible happened to the student who left with a group of childhood friends for a night out on April 15.

Arvin Sharma, 22, disappeared from a Southwest D.C. nightclub April 16. (Family Photo)

"At this point, we've got to suspect foul play because none of this is like Arvin. He would never disappear like this," said Ashish Sharma, Arvin's 27-year-old brother.

Police said that Arvin Sharma was last seen early April 16 at Club Lime in the 1800 block of Half Street SW. Authorities are urging anyone with information to call police at 202-727-9099.

Arvin Sharma hopped in with a carload of his childhood friends and paid the $25 cover fee to get into the nightspot, where they stayed for a couple of hours, his brother said. Ashish Sharma, who had spent time with his brother earlier in the day, did not go to the club.

When the friends started assembling to leave the club, they could not find Arvin. So they began calling his cell phone and looking all over the club, his brother said.

"They looked in the bushes behind the club, they walked all around the club, they looked everywhere. They made sure he wasn't back home passed out, or even in the corner of the club passed out somewhere. Nothing," he said.

Family members have worked with detectives to subpoena phone and bank records. Ashish Sharma said he checked the records himself and that no activity was seen since $40 was withdrawn to go to the club the night Arvin disappeared. Cell phone messages began appearing about 1 a.m., the time that friends were looking for him.

Arvin Sharma had finals and projects to finish before graduation May 22, when he is scheduled to receive a bachelor's degree in geographic information systems and economics. His brother believes that the bookish young man would not purposefully run off so close to finishing school.

"We're doing everything we can to find him," Ashish Sharma said.

Arvin Sharma is 6-foot-1, weighs between 180 and 200 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair. He has a thick moustache and a small goatee. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a long-sleeved black shirt, a black New York Yankees baseball cap and black Timberland boots. He has a large mole or birthmark on his left forearm.

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