New Sighting of Missing Skippack Man's Car Reported

Matthew Royer went missing en route to Skippack from the University of Rhode Island on Thursday; his vehicle was spotted in Lebanon County Friday afternoon.

Editor's Note: Matthew Royer was found on May 23.

Pennsylvania State Police confirmed a new sighting of the car belonging to Matthew Royer, 21, a Skippack Township man who went missing on his way home from a Rhode Island Thursday night, according to abclocal.com

Police say Royer’s car was seen at 1 p.m. on Friday at Route 501 and Route 22 in Lebanon County, where two Subway restaurant employees told Action News that they "feel confident" they saw Royer.

Pennsylvania State Police say Royer left the University of Rhode Island on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with his valuables in his vehicle.

Before the Lebanon County sighting, Royer was seen at a Sunoco gas station in Breiningsville, Lehigh County, where he bought gas and water.

Royer's cell phone stopped working around noon on Sunday, according to ABC Local.

Royer, a graduate of Perkiomen Valley High School, is 6 feet, one inch tall and 160 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, and police believe he is driving a silver 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt with Pennsylvania tags GZR-9059. He was last seen wearing a beige Biltmore Adventures hat, a green golf shirt, off-white shorts, and flip-flops.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Skippack Barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police at 610-584-1250.

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Capt. Obvious May 23, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Do you live in a bubble? Do you really think the kid and his parents haven't been fighting over his irresponsibility and their over controlling for awhile now, that he just snapped and went from straight edged to 21yo runaway on the 4 hour ride home? The parents were obviously holding quite a bit back, which in hindsight was apparent in them saying "we will come anywhere, any place, any time for you, we are here for you, we love you and miss you" when they acted like they didn't know why this happened. The fact that the parents then made this law enforcement's and the news' concern by claiming missing person on a 21yo is probably indicative of exactly why this kid turned off his phone and walked away.
Paula Goff May 23, 2013 at 07:49 PM
I don't know what goes on within the family & I don't know why we need you to enlighten us on your theories. If the farmily thought he was in danger from others or himself, whether he's 21 or 82, it's proper to notify police. If the police didn't think there was cause for alarm, they wouldn't have taken on the case.
Capt. Obvious May 23, 2013 at 07:52 PM
wrong again - you're just batting 1000. They DO have to take on the case when contacted, up until the point they can either prove or disprove the missing person is in danger.
Capt. Obvious May 23, 2013 at 07:53 PM
well, no. up until they can prove the missing person isn't in danger. If he is in danger, it's still theirs.
Niecey May 23, 2013 at 08:01 PM
I really don't think Capt.'s assumption is that far off. He could've called home to inform he was infact not returning that day. The fact that was spreading like wild fire I'm sure someone from the area let him know they were searching for him and thought the worst, I'm sure he knew about it also and kept it up to punish his parents. People were leaving their families to go search for this kid, law enforcement was put in play and there was even going to be a helicopter search (helicopter search alone is well with in the 10 of thousands of dollars). Yes he does owe an explanation to the community.


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