Police: Missing Pennsylvania man may have run off
Pennsylvania State Police suggested on Monday that the Montgomery County man, 21-year-old Matthew R. Royer, who has been missing since leaving Rhode Island on Thursday, might have decided on his own to detour from returning home to Skippack Township.
“While it may be a voluntary move on Matthew's part, we are still expending all resources in this investigation to locate Matthew,” said Trooper Morgan Crummy, a spokeswoman at the state police's Skippack station.
As that possibility took shape in what remains a murky situation, his mother made a tearful plea for her son to contact his parents.
“Matthew, if you can hear this — no matter what the circumstances are — your friends and your family, we all love you,” his mother said Monday afternoon at a news conference in front of the police station. “We're here for you. Please contact us, call home. We will come anywhere, anyplace, anytime for you. We are here for you. We love you and miss you.”
Authorities are poring through dozens of leads on the whereabouts of Royer, a Perkiomen Valley High School graduate, who texted his mother on Thursday that he was leaving his apartment in Narragansett, R.I., to return home for the summer.
His parents, who live in Collegeville, were away over the weekend, but rushed home when they learned their son hadn't shown up for his job at the Skippack Golf Club.
At that point, they began tracing his path from Rhode Island and learned he last was seen on a video from a security camera at 2:05 a.m. Friday, at a Sunoco station on Route 100, about a 30-minute drive from his home.
State police said this morning that a witness who learned of Matthew Royer's disappearance through the media, reported seeing his silver 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 11 hours after the previous sighting, at the intersections of Routes 501 and 422 in Lebanon County, more than an hour from his home.
Crummy said later today that police still were trying to verify that report and “dozens” of other leads they had gotten since publicizing that Royer had disappeared.