Nearly two weeks ago, 21-year-old Shane Montgomery was last seen leaving Kildaire’s Irish Pub in Manayunk, but little has changed from an investigative standpoint.
In the time since Thanksgiving, family, friends and locals have plastered Northwest Philadelphia and beyond with missing posters and green ribbons (Shane’s favorite color), while the “Help Find Shane Montgomery” Facebook page has drawn more than 31,500 likes from across the country.
Where things stand today
Despite that activity, police said they are no closer to determining the Roxborough native’s whereabouts, or to understanding just what happened during those early hours of Thanksgiving morning when he went missing.
FBI Special Agent J.J. Klaver said it’s one of the more puzzling cases he’s seen in his nearly 25 years with the agency.
“It’s really frustrating to have nothing come up, to have nothing to focus on,” he says.
The FBI, which got involved in the case within days due to the “suspicious circumstances” around Montgomery’s disappearance, is now in the process of re-interviewing people to see if they missed something in initial interviews, according to Klaver.
Searching for a clue
Meanwhile, family and police are asking anyone with a business or residence in the area that has surveillance-camera footage from the night of Nov. 26 into Nov. 27, when Montgomery disappeared, to get it into the hands of authorities.
Detectives may be able to glean additional information from the footage, goes their thinking.
Montgomery’s family has also asked anyone who went out on Manayunk’s Main Street the night before Thanksgiving to look at photos they took that night to see if the missing man is in the background.
Klaver noted that while it’s a long shot, a picture or a video could possibly connect Montgomery to a person or place that police have overlooked.
The reward for information regarding Montgomery’s disappearance has reached $65,000.
On Monday, Chubby’s Steaks on Henry Avenue, a Roxborough mainstay, donated a portion of their proceeds from the day to the search for Montgomery.
A GoFundMe page designed to pay for search efforts and to financially support the Montgomery family during the search for their son has raised $29,603 as of Wednesday morning.