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Parents issue appeal for Skippack college student's return


By Frank Otto, fotto@21st-CenturyMedia.com

Monday, May 20, 2013

SKIPPACK — The parents of a Skippack college student missing since he left the University of Rhode Island Friday issued a tearful plea for his return during a press conference Monday.
“Matthew, we love you,” said Janet Royer, the mother of Matthew Royer. “We’re here for you. Please call us. We’ll come get you anywhere, anytime.”
Janet was joined by Randy Royer outside the Skippack barracks of the state police before a gathering of media.
Mathew R. Royer, 21, left his apartment at the University of Rhode Island around 6:30 p.m., supposedly to travel him to his family’s residence in Skippack Friday.
He was last seen on video surveillance footage in Breinigsville, Pa., southwest of Allentown, Saturday at 2:07 a.m., according to state police.
“While this may be voluntary on his part, we are still investigating this as a missing person,” said Trooper Morgan Crummy, of the state police, before Mrs. Royer spoke.
Police would not elaborate on that but said they’ve gotten between 10 and 20 tips they’re following up on.
Matthew is described as a white male with brown hair and blue eyes standing six feet, one inch tall and weighing 160 pounds.
He was reportedly driving a silver 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt with Pennsylvania tags reading “GZR9059.”
Several local news outlets asked whether police are following up on a witness who reportedly saw Royer and/or his car in Lebanon County, Pa., but Crummy said she couldn’t comment on that.
The state police and the Narragansett, R.I., Police Department are working in conjunction in the investigation.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the state police at Skippack at 610-584-1250 referencng incident number K03-1918501.
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