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Authorities Search Pa. Landfills for Teen

March 31, 2006

EWING, N.J. (AP) _ Authorities planned Friday to search two Pennsylvania landfills for a missing college student after his blood was found in and around a trash bin outside his dormitory.

John Fiocco, 19, was last seen early March 25 at his dormitory at The College of New Jersey after attending an off-campus party. Friends told police the art major from Mantua Township appeared to be drunk but otherwise fine.

Authorities said they were investigating whether Fiocco had gone down a dorm trash chute and into the bin. They would not say whether they thought he had been forced down the chute, or whether they believed he was still alive.

The trash from the dorm is compacted, then taken to the two landfills in Bucks County, Pa.

``Just keep praying,″ Fiocco’s father, John Fiocco Sr., said Thursday night. He acknowledged the family’s crisis might have a tragic end, but said people ``should forgive anybody who was involved.″

Authorities this week conducted a sweep of Fiocco’s 10-story, 400-unit dormitory at the college of about 7,000 students near Trenton. All the residents were being interviewed, officials said.

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