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SACRAMENTO - A popular counselor at American River College has been missing for more than a week, prompting concern from students and co-workers.

Michael Sachau, 43, called in sick to work on Tuesday, July 29, and has not been seen or heard from since.

"Our police department has been assisting the sheriff''s department. The sheriff's department has been doing the majority of the investigation," American River College spokesperson Scott Crow said.

Sacramento County sheriff's investigators said Sachau's disappearance is, "inconsistent with his normal behavior pattern."

Sachau was popular as a counselor. Students said they're worried about what may have happened.

"He was very nice. Very outgoing. Very caring. Very supportive. Always smiling. You know, he was just a really nice person." said student Evelyn Anderson, who said she has been advised by Sachau several times while planning her academics.

Missing person's detectives are getting authorization to examine Sachau's bank information to see if and where his credit cards may have been used, Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said.

"We're very concerned about Mike and about his safety and his health," Crow said. "At the same time, we are hopeful that he'll be returned to us soon."

Sachau is described as a white man with short brown hair, blue eyes and has a full beard and mustache. He stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weights approximately 260 pounds. He has a tattoo on his left ankle.

Students have been trying to get out the word of Sachau's disappearance by contacting media outlets and sharing information online.

"He's given me great advice through my tenure here at ARC and it's very shocking and disturbing," Anderson said. "And I hope he is found safe and sound."

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