PEMBROKE — A junior at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is missing in Costa Rica, school officials said.
Deon D. Greene is studying abroad at The National University of Costa Rica in Heredia, Costa Rica. Heredia is just north of the Costa Rican capital San Jose.
The 21-year-old Greene went into the ocean and did not resurface. UNCP officials said the university was contacted on Monday regarding Greene’s disappearance.
The Red Cross and the Coast Guard are actively searching for Greene, officials said.
“The university has prioritized attention to this difficult situation, and we are devoting all that is needed,” said Dr. Alberto Salom, rector for The National University of Costa Rica.
UNCP Chancellor Robin Cummings said he has been following developments closely and expressed his concern for the Greene’s family.
“I spoke earlier to Rector Salom and we very much appreciate his efforts and those of The National University of Costa Rica to keep us and Deon’s family informed,” Cummings in a statement released on Wednesday. “We have been in constant contact with those on site in Costa Rica, and we are all doing everything possible to bring Deon home.”
Cummings said the university has been in constant contact with those helping find Greene in Costa Rica. UNC Pembroke’s Counseling and Psychological Services department is available to the campus community, officials said.
“The Red Cross, Coast Guard, Costa Rican authorities, and locals who are searching have our most sincere gratitude. As new information comes to us, we are sharing with the family and others as appropriate,” Cummings said.
Greene was studying Spanish through a partnership between UNC Pembroke and the International Student Exchange Programs.
A Facebook page believed to be Greene’s shows that he attended Northern Nash High School in Rocky Mount.