Beau Solomon’s family is flying to Italy to look for him. (Facebook/Beau Solomon)
Beau Solomon, a 19-year-old student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a childhood cancer survivor, is missing in Italy, and he hasn’t been heard from since Thursday, June 30, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin television stations.
As a boy, Beau Solomon reached his dream of meeting then Green Bay Packers Quarterback Brett Favre, through the Make a Wish program, a 2005 story on Packers.com recounts.
Friends and fellow UW-Madison students took to social media to spread word about Solomon’s disappearance and to urge prayers for him.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Beau Solomon Was at a Bar With Friends on the Night he Disappeared
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says that Solomon was at a bar in Rome with friends and, when the night ended, he was gone. The newspaper says he didn’t show up for class the night day, so a friend reported him missing at that time. WISC-TV says Solomon was in an espresso bar when he disappeared.
2. Beau Solomon’s Credit Card Has Been Used, His Family Says
A family photo with Beau Solomon in it. The family is hoping that someone will recognize his picture on social media and help find him. (Facebook/Beau Solomon)
Beau Solomon’s family told Wisconsin television that his credit card had been used. According to WKOW, there were $1,500 worth of charges on his credit card.
Solomon’s brother, Cole Solomon told WKOW:
Not being able to do anything is the hardest thing for me. Just being an older brother I’ve always tried to do what I can to take care of him. I can’t do that when he’s in another country.
3. Beau Solomon Was a Former High School Athlete Who Was Studying Abroad
Despite battling childhood cancer, Beau Solomon was an all-conference quarterback at a Wisconsin high school. (Facebook/Beau Solomon)
Beau Solomon’s family told WKOW that he had taken two semesters of Italian and was looking forward to studying abroad. The news site also reported that Solomon was a high school athlete. Beau had just finished his freshman year in college, the news site says. In high school, reports WKOW, he played basketball, golf, and football, making all-conference as a quarterback for the River Valley High School football team.
According to Fox 6 Milwaukee, Beau Solomon was a personal finance major at UW-Madison, the flagship school in Wisconsin’s university system. Solomon wanted to be a politician and was involved in Badger Boys State Camp.
In high school, Beau Solomon was involved in many sports. (Facebook/Beau Solomon)
4. Beau Solomon Survived a Rare Form of Cancer as a Child
Beau Solomon overcame a lot, one of his brothers told Wisconsin news media. (Facebook/Beau Solomon)
Solomon’s brother, Jake Solomon, told WISC-TV that Beau Solomon had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was a child, undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy. Jake Solomon said Beau was close to his family and community, telling the TV station:
He’s a social butterfly. He’s loved by everyone, and he’s the glue that keeps our family together.
One of Beau’s friends Tweeted the Make a Wish Foundation about Solomon’s disappearance:
Indeed, as a child surviving cancer, it had been Solomon’s wish to meet the then-Green Bay Packers Quarterback. A 2005 story on Packers.com says that Beau was “one of 15 Make-A-Wish children this year to find his name on his own jersey in his own locker next to Brett Favre’s in the Packers’ locker room.”
The Packers’ site quotes Beau Solomon as saying:
Meeting all the players was thrilling, fun, exciting and all of the good things you can think of. It was fun meeting Brett and seeing that he’s just a regular guy like anybody else. My favorite part was when he was making faces at my baby brother, Max, to make him laugh while we were taking pictures.
Beau Solomon’s family asked the public to share his photo widely on social media. WKOW says they are hoping someone will recognize him and provide information about his whereabouts. According to WKOW, Beau’s brothers say he was a good student who took advanced placement classes in high school because he wanted to graduate from college early. His goal was to graduate in three years from college, they said.
5. Solomon’s Parents are Flying to Italy to Try to Find Him
Beau Solomon’s cover photo on Facebook is a family Christmas picture, complete with Christmas sweaters. (Facebook/Beau Solomon)
According to WISN-TV, Beau Solomon’s parents are on their way to Italy. The University’s dean of students also released a statement pledging to work with John Cabot, a college in Rome where he was studying, to try to find Solomon, WISN reports.