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Where is Taylor Hackel? Mystery deepens of Catholic University student, 24, who has gone missing

Authorities are asking for the public's assistance in locating a graduate student who vanished from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
UPDATED OCT 28, 2022
Taylor Hacekl a student at the John Paul II Institute at CUA has been reported missing (UWL)
Taylor Hacekl a student at the John Paul II Institute at CUA has been reported missing (UWL)

WASHINGTON DC: The Metropolitan Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a student who disappeared from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. The incident was reported to MPD on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Taylor Hackel, 24, was last seen Monday in the 600 block of Jackson Street, just a few blocks from the CUA Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

According to Hackel's missing person report, there is no indication that she is in danger, an MPDC representative told Fox News. She is described as 130 pounds, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing black jeans, a white shirt, and a tan sweater, according to NY Post.


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The Wisconsin native attended CUA's John Paul II Institute, according to WAOW. Online posters for the search of Hackel claim her laptop and car were found in the parking lot of Centro Maria, a Catholic boarding school where she lived. The flier says her debit card was last used Oct 26 in Georgia.

According to a post on the UWL website, Hackel earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and was chosen for a distinguished fellowship through the National Institute of Health. According to the report, Hackel was a committed volunteer while a student, gathering extra food through the university's Food Recovery Network to give to the hungry. Additionally, she helped out at the neighborhood Catholic Charities Warming Center, served meals at the Salvation Army, and developed pen pal relationships with inmates.

Hackel's whereabouts are unknown, and anyone with information is urged to call MPD's Youth and Family Services Division at (202) 727-9099.

MEAWW previously reported a 20-year-old Princeton student named Misrach Ewunetie was discovered dead six days after going missing from the university. The family of the student alleges that important details about her disappearance were concealed from them. The family complained to the media about how the government had "kept them in the dark" regarding her case. Before her body was discovered, Misrach's brother Universe Ewunetie told CNN last week: "There's no constant update or interaction with us. Really, we're kept in the dark." According to local authorities, Misrach's body was found on Thursday, October 20, at 1 p.m. She was last seen at Scully Hall, where she resided while attending college. According to her brother, the inquiry into the crime is expected to take a long time. He said, "That’s one thing we don’t have, we don’t have time."