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Runners Raise Funds for Shane Montgomery Search

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    The run will take place Saturday morning in Manayunk to raise money for the Help Find Shane Montgomery Fund. (Published Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014)

    Dozens of runners participated in a 5K run in Philadelphia's Manayunk neighborhood Saturday morning to help return attention to Shane Montgomery, who went missing early Thanksgiving morning after a night out with friends.

    The event kicked off at 9 a.m. outside the Goals Fit location at 4450 Main St. in Philly's Manayunk neighborhood.

    Donations were accepted for the Help Find Shane Montgomery fund and participants were  encouraged to wear green in honor of the missing 21-year-old West Chester University student.

    The Roxborough native was last seen leaving Kildare's Irish Pub --  only a short walk from the race start -- more than three weeks ago.

    Shane Montgomery, 21, has been missing since early Thanksgiving morning. He is 5-foot-11-inches tall, weighs 140 lbs., has short brown hair, green eyes and a large Celtic tattoo. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and gray button up shirt and jeans.
    Photo credit: Family Photo

    Each day without Shane has been wearing on his family, who are working to hire the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit, a volunteer diving recovery team, to aid with the underwater search, said Kevin Verbrugghe, Shane's uncle.

    "We’re not holding up well," Verbrugghe said.

    Ongoing search efforts, including the use of sonar and underwriter cameras in a search of the Schuylkill River, have brought about few clues for Shane, who was last seen walking toward the Manayunk Canal.

    "The prevailing theory is that he went into the river and where is he now? Tides change and there’s all kinds of debris under there," FBI Supervisory Special agent J.J. Klaver said Thursday.

    Debris could have trapped the missing college student's body underwater, he explained.

    A reward for information that leads investigators and the family to Montgomery still stands at $65,000. Friends and family continue to support the search efforts on their own as well.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia police at 215.686.TIPS.