Texas A&M football player Thomas Johnson is missing, according to University Police. A freshman wide receiver who has participated in 10 games this season, per ESPN Dallas, Johnson was last seen on the Texas A&M campus on Monday.
“At this point we don’t have any reason to believe of anything criminal in nature. Our foremost priority at this time is to see if we can locate him,” Texas A&M spokesman Jason Cook told KBTX in College Station on Wednesday.
Speaking from Johnson's hometown of Dallas, his mother, Linda Hanks, is calling for anyone with information about his whereabouts to come forward.
"I'm asking anyone... anyone... to just provide any piece of information," Hanks said on Wednesday, via WFAA-TV in Dallas. Police believe Johnson may have been headed to Dallas when he departed the A&M campus on Monday.
Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin issued a statement on the football team's website, expressing his own concern for Johnson and also calling for anyone with information to come forward.
"All of us are obviously very concerned about the safety and well-being of Thomas Johnson, who has been missing since Monday evening. Authorities are working closely with his family, friends and law enforcement agencies to help locate him. Thomas is a tremendous student-athlete, greatly admired by his fellow teammates and all of us on the coaching staff. If anyone has any current information about him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact his family or law enforcement authorities immediately. We pray for his quick and safe return."
Texas A&M Police are asking anyone with information to call (979) 845-2345.
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As reports proliferated about the search for Johnson, there were also many calls for information and prayers offered on social media, including from notable members of the larger football community such as FOX broadcaster Erin Andrews and Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. The hashtag #FindThomas is being used for Twitter updates regarding the search.
UPDATE 11/15/12 8:42 a.m. EST: Johnson has been found safe, according to his mother. Per The Associated Press, Texas A&M Police called her on Thursday morning to inform her that her son had been found.
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EARLIER FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS:
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M police say freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson is missing.
The department says that the 18-year-old was last seen leaving his residence in College Station on Monday at 5 p.m. Johnson went to high school in Dallas and police believe he might have traveled to that area.
Lt. Allan Baron says there are no other details available.
Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin released a statement expressing his concern, saying: "Authorities are working closely with his family, friends and law enforcement agencies to help locate him ... We pray for his quick and safe return."
Johnson has appeared in 10 games this season, and has 30 catches for 339 yards and a touchdown.