TEMPE, Ariz. — State officials are investigating a Tempe bar where a
missing Arizona State University student was last seen.
The East Valley Tribune reported that the Arizona
Department of Liquor Licensing and Control confirmed Monday that the agency is
reviewing information from Cadillac Ranch at Tempe Marketplace over concerns of
possible underage drinking.
ASU freshman Jack Culolias, 19, was last seen Nov. 30 after being kicked out
of the Tempe bar during a fraternity party and was suspected of being drunk,
Culolias used a fake ID to get into Cadillac Ranch to drink when about 200
other people were inside at the time, police said. He also had expressed
concerns to his stepmother and twin brother about being scared about his
initiation into the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity going into pledge week, which
also is known as “hell week,” according to authorities.
Campus police said his friends saw him heading to a taxi cab, but he hasn’t
been seen since. His stepmother reported him missing the following Sunday.
It is not known whether Culolias was served alcohol at the bar. But Liquor
Licensing and Control officials said investigators will review the credit card
purchases made at the bar and compare them with the ages of the customers prior
to considering whether any fines could be levied against the establishment.
The agency’s announcement comes at the same time the city announced it is
working with the university to crack down on fraternity-related incidents.
The SAE fraternity at ASU has been placed on probation twice since 2006,
according to Sharon Keeler, a university spokeswoman.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Dive and Rescue and canine teams also have
conducted searches with underwater cameras and radar equipment in the Salt River
north of Tempe Marketplace looking for Culolias, but those searches have been
If violations are found at Cadillac Ranch, the case will be forwarded to the
Compliance Unit and the agency’s compliance officer will meet with the licensee
and clearly review the violations to prevent a reoccurrence.
A manager at Cadillac Ranch who answered a phone call told a reporter Monday,
“Everything we said, we’ve said to Tempe police.”