FRANKLIN, Mass. – Search for Michael Doherty, a 20-year old student of Duke University continues non-stop. The lad who was all set to become his university’s hockey team’s captain went missing Sunday night. Since then there is no trace of him.
He had gone to a party and it got late. His mother Nancy said that he texted his brothers to pick him up from the party at 12:30 am Sunday. But it was too late in the night and his brothers were fast asleep and so couldn’t see the message.
His friends say that the lack of response from his brothers prompted him to walk through the woods despite the rains. For the last several days dozens of teams belonging to different agencies have been scouring the entire area near brook and the search has been extended to other areas nearby. Police have deployed large number of volunteers besides helicopters and sniffer dogs in the search operation.
While there is no sign of the boy who had come during vacation to his home, the police have reportedly found a shirt and two shoes that apparently belong to Michael Doherty.
His parents who talked to the media two days ago seemed heartbroken, though composed. “Michael was our middle son, the love of my life…We’re heartbroken, heartsick — still searching”, said his mother Nancy Doherty.
Police detectives and search parties are being assisted in search by the local youth and volunteers. Searchers are scouring marshes and woods around Franklin and Bellingham.
After waiting for several hours, his family reported Michael Doherty missing around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Deputy Franklin Police Chief James A. Mill, while talking about the search operation says, “Everybody, all the searchers, the rescuers, all the volunteers, they’re desperate to find him…Everybody out there can understand what this family is going through”. 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.
His mother while talking to the media said that their son was set to spend the summer at home working at Roche Bros. Supermarkets in Millis. The family was planning a summer vacation — they were going to let the boys decide where they would travel.