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Missing university professor ‘may be in danger’ after not showing up to class: police

A University of Rochester economics professor may be in danger after not showing up to his scheduled class, according to police inquiring after his whereabouts. 

Heikki Rantakari, 44, is an associate professor at the university’s Simon Business School and a visiting associate professor in applied economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, where he earned his economics Ph.D. 

Rochester police Capt. Gregory Bello told Fox News Digital that Rantakari landed at Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport from his home in the Boston area around 7 p.m. Friday, and was seen around 9 p.m. at his Airbnb on Exchange Street between Flint Street and Mount Pleasant Park.

“The last person who saw him at the Airbnb, he’d stayed there before, [and] he recognized [Rantakari’s Finnish] accent and confirmed he was there. . . . This is not the first time [Rantakari has stayed at that Airbnb],” Bello told Fox News on Wednesday. 

“We thank all local law enforcement agencies and the University of Rochester’s Department of Public Safety in supporting this investigation,” University of Rochester officials wrote in a statement. “We’re asking for the public’s support in reporting anything that relates to Professor Rantakari’s whereabouts by calling 911. The University is hopeful that he is found safe very soon.”

Anyone with pertinent information is urged to call 911 or the Rochester Police Department’s Major Crimes unit at (585) 428-7157.

Christina Coulter is a U.S. and World reporter for Fox News Digital. Email story tips to christina.coulter@fox.com.

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