Host mother of missing US student studying in France suspects he left voluntarily. His parents disagree

The woman who hosted an American college student studying in France before he went missing told CNN she thinks he may have left voluntarily – a claim echoed by a French prosecutor.

But the young man’s parents don’t believe that’s the case and on Wednesday, the student’s father said he felt there was not an urgent enough response from authorities.

Kenny DeLand Jr., a senior at St. John Fisher University in Rochester, New York, had been studying at the University of Grenoble Alpes, according to his family. His parents say they have not heard from him since November 27. His fellow students reported him missing on November 29, and an investigation was launched, according to Grenoble prosecutor Eric Vaillant.

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