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Missing College Student Headed Home Never Got There

Matthew Royer, 21, missing

Matthew Royer, 21, missing

Matthew Royer, 21, a student at the University of Rhode Island left his on-campus apartment on Thursday evening around 6:30 p.m., May 16, 2013, and headed home in his car to Skippack Township. He reportedly texted his mother before he began the six-hour drive home to say that he was running late, but Matthew never came home, and he missed work the next day.

His mother, Janet Royer, told NBC10 that he was scheduled for work at the Skippack Golf Course the next morning, and that disappearing without a word and blowing off work is totally out of character for her son. By afternoon Matthew’s family had reported him missing.

Since his departure security cameras, cell phone towers and debit card use show that Matthew got gas in Rhode Island around 6:30 p.m., and then again near Allentown, Pennsylvania, at 2 a.m. on Friday and again a Sunoco station in Breinigsville, about 35 miles from his house, where he was seen on camera buying water and driving away in the direction of home. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

Since then he was spotted again on security camera in Lebanon County, this time about an hour from his home, at Route 501 and U.S. 422 in Lebanon County around 1 p.m. Friday. Police have not released any further details. On May 20, his worried parents made an appeal at a press conference to Matthew to come home, acting on the possibility that his absence may be voluntary, “Matthew if you can hear this, no matter what the circumstances are, your  friends and your family, we all love you. Please contact us.  Call home. we will come anywhere, any place, anytime for you.”

Matthew is described as a white male standing 6-foot-1 with blue eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the Pennsylvania State Police-Skippack at 610-584-1250. Please give reference number K03-1918501.

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