Nearly 10 divers returned to the Schuylkill River Sunday to resume the search for Shane Montgomery, the West Chester University student who went missing early Thanksgiving morning after a night out with friends in Philadelphia.
Nine divers from the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit, a volunteer diving recovery team, began combing the river near the parking lot where the 21-year-old Roxborough native’s keys were found last week.
The crew is making their way to Venice Island — a piece of land located between the Manayunk Canal and the Schuylkill River that holds a playground and a performing arts center.
Surveillance video captured Shane walking toward the Manayunk Canal after leaving Kildare’s Irish Pub around 1:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
The college student spent the night before Thanksgiving out with friends along Manayunk’s Main Street.
The month-long ordeal is wearing on Shane’s parents, Karen and Kevin Montgomery, who have vowed to continue searching until their son is found.
“I’m not going to stop until I find Shane,” Karen told NBC’s TODAY Show last week. “I text him everyday to ask him to help me find him.”
The search for Shane has garnered attention nationwide, as well as throughout the local region.
A group of Mummers are honoring Shane by wearing special ribbons during their annual New Year’s Day parade in Philadelphia. The ribbons’ color — green — is Shane’s favorite and is also associated with missing children.
Various restaurants, organizations and West Chester University student groups raised funds to help increase the reward for information that leads investigators and the family to Shane.The reward stands at $65,000. Anyone with information should contact Philadelphia Police at 215.686.TIPS.