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Michael Doherty Duke University junior from Franklin still missing, search expanded -Photos

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Franklin: Michael Doherty is still untraceable around a week after he went missing on Sunday. Since then he has remained untraceable despite the fact that a large number of search teams are trying to locate him.

The duke University junior who was set to take over as the captain of the university’s hockey team soon had come on vacation to his home town, Franklin, Massachusetts, where his parents and two other brothers lived.
Not just the government agencies are involved in his search operation, the entire town seems to be searching for the 20-year old youth who everyone loved and has good words to tell about. A large number of local volunteers are supporting the official search teams who are scouring marshes, woods and other areas surrounding the town.

Officials have pressed state police helicopters, sniffing dogs including very dexterous bloodhound around the town and nearby areas.

Michael Doherty, a Duke University junior, according to his parents went missing since he left a Phyllis Lane house party at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He had texted his brothers to pick him up from the place around mid-night but they didn’t see the message as they were sleeping when he texted.

Authorities have deployed almost everything to find the affable youth. Franklin Police Deputy Chief James Mill said the day’s search was focused around the use of K9 dogs and searchers on the water. With the heat, he said, fewer ground units were being used, and those involved were given frequent breaks. According to Mill, Mine Brook – the marshy body of water at the center of search efforts – varies widely in its depth, and is unpredictable.

Mill went on to add, “When we’ve covered every area of the swamp (around Mine Brook), we can talk about pushing further out”. Units from the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council, State Police, Massachusetts Environmental Police and area police and fire departments were involved in Thursday’s search.

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