James Duncan III was last seen at about 4 p.m. March 26 in the 2200 block of Sherman Avenue Northwest. in Washington D.C., and his grandmother reported him missing Friday, Metropolitan police Cmdr. George Kucik said today.
Police have Duncan's Toyota Camry in their custody, but the contents of the car do not indicate anything criminal had been committed against him.
According to Howard University spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton, the relative who initially contacted university police said Duncan usually kept in touch and it was unusual that they had not heard from him in a few days.
Hamilton said Duncan's family has been in contact with university officials and they are providing assistance to investigators.
Duncan, a sophomore, is believed to be enrolled in the School of Nursing, Hamilton said.
He is described as a black male, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 165 pounds with black hair that is cut in a low Afro. He has brown eyes and has dimples when he smiles, but may have grown a beard since he was last seen.
The case is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department as a Critical Missing Persons case, Hamilton said.
Howard University police are assisting in the search.
Anyone with information regarding Duncan's whereabouts is encouraged to call the Police Department at (202) 727-9099.