FRANKLIN, Mass. – Michael Doherty, a student of Duke University, missing over the weekend is still untraceable. The 20-year old boy was reported missing by his parents as he didn’t come back home as was his schedule.
The parents reportedly panicked when he not just didn’t returned home, but calls and texts elicited no response from the young man.
Since Monday massive search operation is on to search the 20-year old Michael Doherty. It is being reported that around two dozen different agencies have been pressed into the task of finding the boy, or find some trace that could lead to his whereabouts.
Media outlets quoting his friends have said that Michael Doherty was last seen at 1:30 a.m. Sunday when he was leaving the party, and they believed he was going to cut through the woods to head home. It’s something his friends said he has done before.
Fox25Boston while quoting one of his friends Shawn Hanley said, “The path he took, it’s like a discombobulated path…It’s not a real path. But him and his brother, they said they took it one time and I guess he thought he could do it again.”
Meanwhile reports suggest that his sneakers and shirt have been discovered by the searching agencies. On the other hand, the officials have widened the search area as police were trying to follow the direction Doherty may have been walking. The search was first focused in the marsh off Oak Street Extension, and was then expanded to include the gold course at Maplegate Country Club in Bellingham. Sneakers and shirt were discovered close to marsh.
In the meantime, his parents spoke to the media. His mother, Nancy Dohertysaid her son had a planned ride home from the party. But he decided to stay late, and texted his brothers asking if they could come pick him up.
But no one saw the message as they were sleeping. His mother says the family is “devastated, heartbroken and we just want our son home.”
Meanwhile, round the clock search is going on. “Everybody – all the searchers, the rescuers, the volunteers, they’re desperate to find him…Everybody out there can understand what this family is going through” Deputy Police Chief James Mills said.
The boy is a junior mechanical engineering major at Duke University who was home for summer break. His mother said he wanted to Duke since he was in 10th grade, and was set to be captain of the club hockey team next season.
Meanwhile the town is holding candlelight vigil for him. A resident of the town says “I just feel like he could be anyone’s son. He’s all of Franklin’s son. I wanted to be here to share the love and let the family know there are so many who care about them and are pulling and praying for them”.