Ken Deland, the American student who disappeared in Grenoble, has found his family and is returning to the United States

Ken Deland, a 22-year-old American student reported missing in late November, was found in Spain this week. The young man has joined his mother in Lyon and is preparing to return to the United States, Grenoble prosecutors said on Saturday, December 17.

The disappearance of Ken Deland, a 22-year-old student who came to learn French at the University of Grenoble, had been widely reported by the American press. This week, the young man was found in Spain after reconnecting with his relatives.

This Saturday, December 17, Ken Deland found his mother in Lyon. They should both fly back to the USA during the day, says the public prosecutor in Grenoble, Eric Vaillant.

The judge announced earlier this week that an investigation into the “disturbing disappearance” had been opened, but Ken Deland appeared to have gone “voluntarily” the city of Grenoble where he studied. The young man was last seen in a Decathlon store in Montélimar on December 3.

He had explained to several people “having arrived in France inadequately prepared and having difficulty making friends”. His disappearance was widely reported in the American media. The student’s parents spoke on several occasions “fear the worst” for their son.

They had launched a call for witnesses on a dedicated website called To not like Ken not giving us news and not telling us what’s going on”, his father said on the American channel ABC News. The young man was said to be in good health, but the reasons for his departure are still unknown.

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