Missing College Student Shane Montgomery’s Body Found in Schuylkill River … Parents: “Today we have done what we promised. We found and brought Shane home.”(Update: Death Ruled Accidental)
According to the family of Shane Montgomery, the body of a missing college student was found today in the Schuylkill River. The police say a call came in around noon that a body was found behind the Brewery Pub at Main Street and Shurs Lane. The body was discovered by the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit and transported to the medical examiner’s office. Although the body is that of a white male and the family is saying that the body is that of Shane, police have not officially confirmed that. The 21 year old West Chester University student Shane Montgomery went missing on 11/27/14 in Manayunk, PA after a night out with friends at a bar.
The body of a missing college student was found today in the Schuylkill River, according to his family.
Police have not confirmed that the body is Shane Montgomery, 21, who has not been seen since Thanksgiving Day. Philadelphia police said only that a body was found this afternoon in the river in the city’s Manayunk section.
Six persistent volunteer divers went back into the dark, frigid waters of the Schuylkill River on Saturday, looking again for some trace of missing college student Shane Montgomery.
This time, they were successful. They found his body in 36-degree waters 3-4 feet deep, at 12:09 p.m., not far from the Manayunk pub where he was partying the night of Thanksgiving Eve.
Family members were despondent as they stood on the banks of the river when the tragic discovery was made.
Today we have done what we promised. We found and brought Shane home. We want to thank the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit, Philadelphia Marine Unit, Northwest Detectives, the Philadelphia Police Department, Saint John the Baptist, Mike Rose and the Brew Pub and their employees. We want to thank everyone for their support, prayers, and love and ask that they continue to pray for our family at this trying time. At this time we ask that you please respect our privacy. We need time to mourn together as a family.
The Philadelphia medical examiner’s office has ruled Shane Montgomery’s death accidental, his uncle said Sunday.
The body of the 21-year-old West Chester University student was found by a volunteer dive team during a search of the Schuylkill River Saturday. His family had watched the recovery effort from the riverbank.
Kevin Verbrugghe, Montgomery’s uncle, said his nephew’s body had been released by the medical examiner’s office and that the family is planning funeral arrangements.