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Parents Of Missing College Student From Montgomery County Make Emotional Plea For Son’s Return

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By Jim Melwert, Dray Clark

SKIPPACK, Pa. (CBS) — On the same day that Pennsylvania State Police got new information on a missing 21-year-old college student from Montgomery County, the student’s parents made a plea for his safe return.

Janet Royer made the emotional plea Monday outside State Police Barracks Skippack.

“Matthew if you can hear this, no matter what the circumstances are, your friends and your family – we all love you. We’re here for you. Please contact us. Call home; we will come anywhere, any place, anytime for you. We are here for you. We love you and miss you.”

Matthew Royer left the University of Rhode Island on Thursday night, heading back to his family’s home in Skippack, Pa.

But the last sign of the 21-year-old pharmacy student was on surveillance video at a gas station at Route 78 and Route 100 in Breinigsville, just after 2am, about a half-hour from his home (see previous story).

Now, Pennsylvania State Police say they have a possible sighting of his car about 1 p.m. Friday, at Routes 501 and 422 in Lebanon County, about 40 miles away and heading toward Harrisburg.

But his family says they don’t know any reason that he’d be going that way. And they have no doubts that if he were headed somewhere other than home, he would have called or let them know.

His car is a 2008 silver Chevy Cobalt with a Pennsylvania license plate, GZR-9059.

State police say at this point, while it may be a voluntary move on Matthew’s part, they will expend all resources in this investigation.

Anyone with information on Matthew’s whereabouts are urged to contact Pennsylvania State Police at 610-584-1250.

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