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Hundreds Gather as Search for Missing College Student Resumes



    Search for Shane Continues

    As the search continues for a local college student who went missing, loved ones are speaking out. NBC10's Christine Maddela has the story. (Published Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014)

    A priest led more than 200 people at a Philadelphia church in prayer Saturday morning before the group resumed their search for 21-year-old Shane Montgomery -- a West Chester University student who went missing while out with friends the night before Thanksgiving.

    "We pray that all those who are about to undertake this search have clear eyes and listening ears," the priest said.

    Montgomery was last seen Thanksgiving Eve around 1:45 a.m. as he was leaving Kildare's bar along Main Street in the city's Manayunk neighborhood. His parents told NBC10 he was asked to leave the pub after he bumped into the DJ's table. Sources also told NBC10 there was a fight outside the pub.

    Several hundred people volunteered Friday -- the day after Shane's family spent Thanksgiving without their youngest son.

    Search Continues for Missing College Student

    [PHI] Search Continues for Missing College Student
    Friends and family continue to search for Shane Montgomery, a local college student who went missing in Manayunk. NBC10's Monique Braxton has the details on a mass and viigil for the student.
    (Published Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014)

    "My heart is broken," said Shane's mother, Karen Montgomery.

    "We're waiting for him to walk in the door, but you realize that each hour goes... it's just harder and harder," added Shane's father, Kevin Montgomery.

    The ongoing search efforts led the Manayunk Development Corporation to cancel a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and caroling activities. Instead the organization held a candlelight vigil at the Canal View Park, located at Main and Connaroe streets, to call for Shane's safe return. The vigil began at 5 p.m.

    The West Chester University senior and Roman Catholic High School alum had spent the night of Thanksgiving Eve -- an evening many friends reunite while home for the holiday -- barhopping with a few friends, Karen said.

    She filed a police report after the Roxborough native didn’t return home.

    Philadelphia Police do not suspect foul play, although his disappearance is considered suspicious. Authorities have used K-9s, helicopters and marine units to search Manayunk and Roxborough, as well as the Schuylkill River, which borders Main Street.

    Search to Resume for Missing College Student

    [PHI] Search to Resume for Missing College Student
    Volunteers and family members will resume the search for 21-year-old Shane Montgomery at 10:00am Saturday morning. Montgomery has not been seen since leaving a bar in Manayunk Wednesday.
    (Published Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014)

    Family and friends have been unable to reach Shane on his cell phone, which was picked up by a cell phone tower in Lower Merion Township Thursday morning at 2:38 a.m.

    The search party, which ballooned Saturday morning, met for the second consecutive day at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Rector Street. Officials split the group into 12 teams, who then fanned out across the northwest Philadelphia neighborhood.

    Shane, who weighs about 140 pounds and stands 5-foot-11-inches tall, was wearing a buttoned- down gray shirt, gray hoodie and jeans when he left the bar. He also has a unique Celtic cross tattoo on his shoulder.

    A $10,000 reward was being offered for reliable information leading to Shane’s safe return. Montgomery asked that anyone who sees him call her at 215-920-2569. Anyone with information is also urged to contact Philadelphia Police Det. Valentino at 215-686-3353/54.

    The church, which is serving as the search party's staging area, held a mass at 6 p.m. for volunteers.

    "The church opens their doors," Kevin said while on the verge of tears. "People bringing food. It's overwhelming." 

    Man Goes Missing From Manayunk Bar

    [PHI] Man Goes Missing From Manayunk Bar
    West Chester University senior Shane Montgomery disappeared while out with some friends in Manayunk on Thanksgiving Eve. His parents hope the 21-year-old returns home safe.
    (Published Friday, Nov. 28, 2014)

    Marine crews plan on searching the Manayunk Canal around 10 a.m. Sunday.