(PHILADELPHIA) — Matthew Royer, 21, a University of Rhode Island student, has disappeared on his way home from the school for summer vacation.
Authorities have said they believe he made it within 30 miles of his Pennsylvania home before falling off the grid.
Royer was last seen on Thursday, May 16 on the University of Rhode Island campus. The college junior had moved out of his apartment and returned the keys, according to ABC News’ Philadelphia station WPVI. The last known communication was with his mother, Janet Royer, at around 6 p.m. that day to say that he had overslept and was “about to leave.”
From there, surveillance footage, debit card use and cell phone tower pings show Royer stopping at a gas station in Rhode Island at 6:30 p.m., and near Allentown, Pa., at 2 a.m. on Friday then stopping at a gas station about 35 miles from his home a short time later, according to his family and authorities.
“He bought water at the station, he opened it in the car and headed southbound on 100. He looked fine, not distraught,” his mother told WPVI.
“We’ve narrowed it down to 30-40 miles from our house, and we can’t find him,” Janet Royer said. “You couldn’t ask for a better son. It’s not like him. If he wasn’t coming home, he would’ve told me he wasn’t coming home, unless he couldn’t.”
Royer is white, 6-feet-1, and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Pennsylvania State Police Skippack at 610-584-1250 and give the reference number K03-1918501.
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