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(LOS ANGELES) — The family of a missing California college student has increased the reward to $100,000 for information about his whereabouts.

The University of California-Berkeley student, Eloi Vasquez, 19, was visiting friends at the University of Southern California when he was last heard from early Saturday morning.

Vasquez, who plays on his school’s soccer team, went to a party at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity with friends but told them that he wanted to go for a walk at around 1:30 a.m., ABC News station KABC-TV reports.

According to KABC-TV, he was last heard from less than an hour later, when he reportedly called a friend saying that he was at the beach and having trouble.

“He is a star athlete, a responsible student, and we are a tight-knit family,” his mother Wendy Margolin told ABC News. “This is not normal behavior.”

Efforts to find him have been unsuccessful. Friends tried to call him later Saturday morning and his phone was either dead or had been turned off. The LAPD is investigating the case and was scheduled to give an update Monday afternoon.

The family doubled their reward offering to $100,000 Monday in hopes that it will lead to his discovery.

“Eloi is a wonderful young man who has excelled both academically and athletically here at Cal,” the UC-Berkeley athletics department said in a statement released Sunday. “Our entire Cal Athletics family is very concerned for Eloi’s safety and our first priority is to help in any way we can to locate him.”

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