Search for missing Roxborough man enters second week

 Shane Montgomery is described as 5 foot 11, white,  weighing between 130 and 140 pounds with short brown hair and green eyes. (Image courtesy of Philadelphia Police)

Shane Montgomery is described as 5 foot 11, white, weighing between 130 and 140 pounds with short brown hair and green eyes. (Image courtesy of Philadelphia Police)

One week.

That’s how long Roxborough native Shane Montgomery has been missing.

On Thanksgiving Eve, the 21-year-old left Kildare’s Irish Pub in nearby Manayunk after drinking with friends. He hasn’t been spotted since.

 

Law enforcement authorities have combed and canvassed both Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods, including wading in the Manayunk canal. But, so far, they’ve turned up little forensic evidence.

“It’s heart-wrenching, heart-wrenching. It’s a nightmare I can’t wake up from,” said Karen Montgomery, the missing man’s mother.

Family and friends are still holding out hope. On Wednesday, a core group gathered to replace  posters damaged during Tuesday night’s storm.

They, like the Montgomery family, desperately want to get Shane home.

“People care and people immediately empathize with the family,” said lifelong resident Irene Madrak. “It is one of the real blessings.”

FBI Special Agent JJ Klaver said the possibility of foul play is still on the table because, right now, there’s not enough evidence to rule anything out.

It’s frustrating, he said, but he’s optimistic things will change.

“Somebody out there has information or has seen something,” said Klaver.

On Monday, Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. sent a letter to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter asking for city-administered cameras to be installed along Main Street in Manayunk in response to the lack of surveillance footage available from the night Montgomery disappeared.

“Because Main Street in Manayunk has a high volume of individuals that leave drinking establishments late at night it makes sense to place these cameras throughout the Main Street corridor,” the letter read.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 215-686-3353 or the FBI at 215-418-4000.

There’s now a $31,000 reward for information about Montgomery’s disappearance.

In the meantime, students at West Chester University, where Montgomery is a student, are hosting a candlelight vigil tonight.

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