Clues scarce in disappearance of Rochester man missing nearly a week


"This one is just a little strange."

That's what Rochester police Capt. John Sherwin told KSTP about the case of William "Harry" Hempy, a 21-year-old college student who was reported missing late last week.

Investigators are asking the public for help piecing together what happened to Hempy.

He was at home in Rochester last week while on spring break from the University of Illinois, where he is a straight-A student on track to graduate this spring, KSTP says.

According to police, the last known contact with Hempy came on the evening of Wednesday, March 25, when he called his father to say he'd gone running and would not join him for an event they'd planned to attend.

KTTC reports a train ticket Hempy had purchased to return to Illinois went unused.

Sherwin tells KSTP running clothes were found at Hempy's home. He says Hempy's cell phone is turned off; investigators spent hours searching the Rochester park where the phone was last known to be on; and there's been no activity in Hempy's bank account since he disappeared.

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Sherwin tells MPR News Hempy does not have access to a car and was believed to be on foot last Wednesday, adding:

"You hope for the best but when somebody disappears like that, and there's no activity, they have no means for money, their phone is turned off, it makes you wonder what their outcome could be."

Police describe Hempy as 6 feet tall, weighing 160 pounds with hazel eyes and light brown hair. He was believed to be wearing a black jacket with jeans and ligh-colored Asics tennis shoes. Anyone with information should call the Rochester Police Department at 507-328-6800.

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