Missing RIT Student Located Safe in Pennsylvania After Thanksgiving Disappearance

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The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Matthew Grant, a 22-year-old Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) student who vanished on November 20, was found safe and sound.

The disappearance raised concerns as Matthew left his off-campus home in Henrietta without his cell phone, wallet, or informing anyone of his plans. His father, Mark Grant, revealed that Matthew was found approximately 300 miles away from RIT’s campus in Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon.

The search intensified after authorities in the town of Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, discovered Grant’s car on Tuesday. Subsequent search and rescue efforts were initiated on Mount Minsi, known for its mountainous terrain and steep drop-offs, as Grant is an avid hiker.

Interestingly, during the search operation, Grant himself became aware of the efforts to locate him. He then voluntarily visited a police station in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, where he made a phone call to his mother, confirming he was safe and on his way home.

Earlier sightings of Grant’s Jeep near a NYS Thruway exit near Syracuse had puzzled investigators, but the mystery surrounding his disappearance has now been resolved.

The Grant family expressed their gratitude to everyone who contributed to the search efforts and supported them throughout this challenging period.

Week-Long Mystery

In a distressing development, Matthew Grant, a fourth-year student at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), went missing for a week. On November 20, around 10 p.m., Matthew had left his home near RIT’s campus after reportedly studying maps of the Adirondacks, North Country, and Appalachian Trails.

Despite telling his roommates that he was going to meet a friend, he went in the opposite direction, heading east. The last known location of his car, a 2014 Jeep Cherokee with a Michigan license plate, ESR-8141, was tracked to Exit 36 on the New York State Thruway just outside Syracuse.

Missing RIT Student Located Safe in Pennsylvania After Thanksgiving Disappearance

The direction he took from there remained unclear. His concerned family, who had traveled from Onaway, Michigan, to the Rochester area, had found few leads. Mark Grant, Matthew’s father, had expressed skepticism about intentional actions, suggesting the possibility that Matthew might be stuck in a remote location. Matthew Grant was the co-captain of the wrestling team at RIT.

His family had hoped he would return for wrestling practice on Monday, with an upcoming tournament that weekend. His sudden absence had left them perplexed, describing Matthew as ever-present, positive, and serving as co-captain for a reason.

Local authorities, including deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement in Syracuse, had worked together to locate Matthew. Despite checking known hangouts, contacting friends, and issuing a missing person’s photo through the Missing Persons Clearinghouse, no significant leads had emerged.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office had also conducted hospital searches, but Matthew had remained elusive. Deputy Brendan Hurley had expressed concern about the duration of Matthew’s absence, coupled with the fact that he had left his cell phone at home.

While there was no evidence to suggest danger, the uncertainty about his whereabouts had persisted. Until his safety could be confirmed, efforts to locate him had continued.

Mark Grant had shared that Matthew had secured a co-op opportunity for the next semester, and things were generally going well in his son’s life, making the situation all the more perplexing.

The family had remained hopeful and had urged anyone with information to come forward, emphasizing the need for community assistance in resolving this mysterious disappearance.

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