(Sunday Nov. 30, Kosta’s body was found in a dumpster on campus, it is assumed at this point that he killed himself)
Kosta was last seen around 2 am November 26. His family is asking for info regarding his whereabouts.
Senior walk-on defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge was reported missing by his parents on Thursday morning. According to a Facebook post from Karageorge’s mother, Karageorge has been missing since 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Nov. 26, and the family filed a missing persons report hours later. At 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Karageorge’s phone was pinged in Grandview Heights.
Karageorge, 22, was last seen wearing black sweatpants over his jeans, a black sweatshirt with FOC on it, a black beanie, and Timberland boots. He also recently shaved his head and has a short beard.
A CH 4 report said Karageorge’s sister says he has a history of sports related concussions, so his family fears he may be disoriented. From the story:
His mother tells NBC4 she received a text from Kosta at 1:25 a.m. Wednesday that stated: “Sorry if I am an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all [expletive] up.”
No matter what the outcome of the search for Kosta, this will add to the controversy over head injuries to college football players.
This would be a good time for Grandview residents to check in your backyard, inside garages and sheds, any place a disoriented person might be seeking shelter. A reward is being offered for info.
Condolences to the friends and family of Karageorge. He sounded like a great kid.
There is still a question about the location of Karageorge during the time he was missing. The last ping from his phone was at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday in Grandview Heights. The women who found his body said she checked in the dumpster on Thursday and saw nothing. That means his whereabouts on Wednesday and Thursday are still unknown. There is a chance he was hiding inside a garage or shed inside Grandview during those days, and then returned to campus on Friday. It would still be a good thing to look for clues inside outbuildings here in Grandview that might pinpoint the place Kosta spent those days.
(Much later update)
There is a NYT story that covers the story about Karageorge. Although there is plenty of indication he suffered head injury from football, he also was getting damage from the wrestling injuries as far back as his high school career. Seems like a open and shut case for more rule changes in athletics to protect young people. Most of them will never achieve the high paid positions on professional sports teams, so the “suck it up and deal with injuries” mentality is causing permanent damage with nothing to show for it in the long run.