By Dan Wing, Matt Rivers
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – More than 100 people stopped by a candlelit vigil in Manayunk Saturday evening, as friends and family continue to hope for the safe return of 21-year-old Shane Montgomery. There have been no signs of the West Chester college student since he went missing.
Dozens of candles were placed at Canal View Park on Main Street, across the street from Kildaire’s Irish Pub where Shane was last seen Wednesday night.
“You just keep praying,” Shane’s father, Kevin, says. “That’s what tonight is, you just open up your hearts.”
Many of those in attendance were the same volunteers who spent the day combing every inch of Manayunk trying to help the search. Kevin says he’s been touched by the outpouring of support:
“I think the amount of people that are out here searching for him, and giving their time explains what kind of person Shane was.”
Manayunk’s Christmas tree was supposed to be lit Saturday night, but officials postponed that, instead opting for the somber ceremony filled with a persistent determination.
For every question about what happened, there was ten times as many tears being shed by friends and family. Shane’s mother, Karen, was among them.
“I’m heartbroken,” she says. “My family’s heartbroken. My mother’s heartbroken. It’s just….there’s no words for this situation. None.”
While the vigil was touching, Karen still needs answers:
“We need to find him. We need to find him.”
Shane was last seen as the bars were closing on a very busy night on Main Street, and with all those people out and about, Shane’s Aunt is confident somebody saw something:
“And all we do is ask that whoever that is, please contact the police. We need to find Shane.”
That contact number for police is 215-686-3353.
The family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Shane. He is described as a 5’11 white male, weighing around 135 pounds with a Celtic cross tattooed on his back. He was last seen wearing a grey shirt.
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