‘Credible information’ refocuses Shane Montgomery search efforts along Manayunk Canal

 The search for Shane Montgomery, who went missing in Manayunk two weeks ago, intensified with information received on Wednesday. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

The search for Shane Montgomery, who went missing in Manayunk two weeks ago, intensified with information received on Wednesday. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

UPDATE: According to reports, the “credible information” that has led detectives back to the Manayunk Canal is a video showing Shane Montgomery walking towards the canal after leaving Kildaire’s Irish Pub early Thanksgiving morning.

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The search for missing Roxborough man Shane Montgomery has returned to the Manayunk Canal and the Schuylkill River, according to FBI officials.

Based on “credible information” received on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Police Marine Unit will re-search the canal and river today and Thursday, said FBI Special Agent J.J. Klaver, who as recently as Tuesday expressed frustration at the lack of information that has emerged around the case.

“This has re-focused our search,” says Klaver.

The back story

Montgomery, a student at West Chester University, was last seen early Thanksgiving morning leaving Kildaire’s Irish Pub after spending the night out on Main Street in Manayunk with family and friends.

At 2:38 a.m., two Lower Merion cellphone towers picked up a ping from Montgomery’s phone — an Amazon Fire with a white speckled case — presumably as the phone lost its battery charge.

There is little surveillance footage available from the hours Montgomery was last seen.

Twenty-one-year-old Montgomery is described as a 5-foot 11-inch tall white male, weighing between 130 and 140 pounds with short brown hair and green eyes.

He was last seen wearing a gray button-down shirt, blue jeans, gray hooded sweatshirt and black sneakers and has a tattoo of a Celtic cross on his shoulder blade.

The reward for information leading to Montgomery’s whereabouts reached $65,000 on Tuesday.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the FBI at (215) 418-4000.

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