Volunteers search the Michigan State campus for an 18-year-old last seen a week ago
EAST LANSING, MI – The family and friends of a student who went missing in East Lansing last week are planning to sweep the Michigan State University campus on Saturday, November 6.
Brendan Santo, an 18-year-old student at Grand Valley State University, went missing while visiting friends on October 29. Police said he was last seen leaving Yakeley Hall shortly before midnight.
“At this point, no criminal act is suspected in the disappearance of Brendan Santo, and we have not received any further reports of missing persons. We also don’t think Brendan intended to harm himself ”, MSU police said in a press release this week.
There is no indication that Santo left the East Lansing area since his vehicle was found where he had parked it.
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Police searched by foot, helicopter, drone and boat on the Red Cedar River near Santo’s last known location. A water probe is being conducted by the Michigan State Police Marine Services Division, Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, and the Capital Region Dive Team.
A search team of volunteers planned to visit the MSU campus, trails and other wooded areas on Saturday. Santo’s family organized the one-day effort on a Facebook page which got thousands of followers in one day.
“Remember that the police have asked all volunteers to stay away from the river for your own safety and not to hinder their efforts,” a Facebook post said.
The search began at 11 a.m. and was scheduled to continue until dusk.
Police also said Santo’s phone, which was not recovered, shows no activity. Cellular records are reviewed by investigators and the FBI.
“We are confident that we obtained the available information from his digital fingerprint,” police said.
Santo is 5 feet 10 inches, 160 pounds and was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a black t-shirt, a black baseball cap and white Converse high top shoes.
Anyone with information can contact the police at 844-99-MSUPD or by email at [email protected]
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