A father in Ripton says his 21-year-old son, a student at Middlebury College, is missing in Syria.
The father of Pathik "Tik" Root says he last communicated with his son on March 16.
Tom Root says his son disappeared on Friday afternoon.
Tik Root is studying Arabic in Damascus.
Tom Root told the Burlington Free Press he had no information that his son had become involved in anti-government demonstrations in Syria, but he said it would be consistent with his son’s outlook to observe the demonstrations.
Tom Root says he feels his son was watching a demonstration and was picked up.
State Department spokeswoman Rosemary MacRay says the Bureau of Consular Affairs is aware of Root’s disappearance and is working with Syrian authorities to resolve the case.