Skippack student Matthew Royer may have 'voluntarily' vanished

Missing student Matthew Royer

May 21, 2013 5:48:40 AM PDT
As the search continues for a missing student from Skippack Township, Montgomery County, police say it is possible the young man may have 'voluntarily' disappeared.

Matthew Royer, 21, left his apartment at the University of Rhode Island on Thursday, May 16th. He was on his way home, but never arrived.

The Pennsylvania State Police told the Associated Press on Monday they haven't ruled out that Royer has gone off on his own, but for now are 'pursuing all leads.'

On Monday, State Police said Royer's car was most recently spotted at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17th at Route 501 and Route 422 in Lebanon County, Pa.

Action News spoke with two workers at a Subway restaurant near the intersection. Both feel confident they saw Matthew on Friday afternoon.

His car is described as a silver 2008 Chevy Cobalt with Pennsylvania tags GZR-9059. It also has a scratch on the hood.

That sighting is about 11 hours after the previous sighting, which was from a surveillance camera at a Sunoco gas station in Breiningsville, Lehigh County, where Royer used his debit card to make a purchase. That was shortly after 2:00 a.m. Friday.

Before that, Royer was seen on Thursday, May 16th leaving his apartment at the University of Rhode Island. His family told Action News he was set to drive home following the end of the semester.

His family is desperately trying to find him.

"We've narrowed it down to 30-40 miles from our house and we can't find him," said his mother, Janet Royer, on Sunday.

She showed Action News a text message Royer sent, saying he overslept and was getting a late start around 6:00 p.m. Thursday. A gas station stop in Rhode Island shows Royer left around 6:30 p.m.

The sighting in Breiningsville was just 35 miles from his parent's home.

Royer never showed to work at Skippack Golf Course on Friday morning and by Friday afternoon his mom contacted police.

A check of Royer's cell phone shows it stopped working around noon on Saturday.

According to Royer's parents, his normal route from the university takes five to six hours. He normally takes I-95 to the Tappan Zee Bridge, then to I-78 where he takes Route 100.

The realtor of Royer's apartment in Rhode Island says he moved out for the end of the semester and the keys were returned.

Royer's parents helped him move out of school a few weeks ago and his car was crammed with belongings including electronics and a laptop.

"You couldn't ask for a better son. It's not like him, if he wasn't coming home he would've told me he wasn't coming home, unless he couldn't," said Janet.

Royer is a white male, 6'1, 160 pounds, with blue eyes, and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a beige Biltmore Adventures hat, a green golf shirt, off-white shorts, and flip-flops.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police Skippack Barracks at 610-584-1250.