SEARCH FOR SHANE MONTGOMERY LIMITED TUESDAY BECAUSE OF WEATHER
6 ABC – Action News Sarah Bloomquist
That means the large-scale search and use of K-9s were suspended, police told Action News.
There has still been no sign of the West Chester University student who vanished after leaving a bar in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia early Thanksgiving morning.
The reward increased to $25,000 Monday for information about Shane.
Investigators are going through surveillance video from area businesses hoping to spot Shane. But so far, they haven’t spotted him in a single frame of video.
Philadelphia Police Inspector James Kelly says, “We have a lot of video that’s coming in from a lot of businesses. We’re going over it – see if we miss anything, and we’re following up on every lead that we have and we’re trying to get more leads.”
The 21-year-old was last seen leaving Kildare’s Irish Pub around 2 a.m. Thursday. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a gray button-up shirt and jeans. He has a large Celtic cross tattoo across his shoulder blades.
Jim Townsend, the Director of Operations of Kildare’s, explained Monday that there was no altercation or friction surrounding Shane’s departure from the bar and emphasized that he was not acting drunk.
He says Montgomery did accidentally bump into the DJ’s equipment, but was polite and respectful and moved on.
According to Townsend, Montgomery then met up with a relative, who is a Kildare’s employee, who informed him it was closing time. He says it was 1:50 a.m. when the relative walked Shane to the front door where they were met with security who saw Shane out.
Townsend says, “Other than the front door staff, Shane did not have any interaction with any other management or security staff or cause a disruption as he left the restaurant. He was respectful and left the premises on his own.”
Staff reportedly saw Shane turn left out of the door and head south on Main Street.
A ping from Montgomery’s cellphone was picked up near the CVS Pharmacy on Main Street, located about an hour after he vanished. But the radius is 4,500 feet.
Townsend says after searching computer records they found a tab for Shane totaling $17. He says this would be the equivalent to three craft beers, and again emphasized that Shane did not appear to be intoxicated when he left the bar.
On Sunday the FBI announced it had joined the search, and they’ve plunged full tilt into the investigation.
The FBI has posted Shane’s picture and word of the now-$25,000 reward on more than 30 digitized billboards across the Philadelphia region. They have also been re-interviewing family members, friends, and barroom personnel – in some cases lie detector tests have been administered.
Meantime, a gofundme.com web page posted Monday to raise $7,500 to help the family search for Montgomery had raised more than $10,000 by Tuesday morning.
J.J. Klaver from the FBI explains, “What makes this rise to the level of suspicious circumstances is the fact that there is no reason to believe that Shane would have just disappeared like this. There is no reason to believe he would just leave and break contact with family and friends.”
Shane’s family was busy again on Monday distributing new leaflet in the Roxborough-Manyunk area with the new reward total listed. It now stands at $25,000 after Kildare’s Restaurant put up $10,000 on top of the $15,000 already there from the family and the Fraternal Order of Police.
A statement from Kildare’s reads in part: “At Kildare’s Restaurants we take every aspect of customer service and safety very seriously. The disappearance of Shane Montgomery is extremely upsetting to our staff and management, this hits home for us because one of Shane’s family members is an employee at Kildare’s Manayunk.”
Karen Montgomery, Shane’s mother, tells us, “He is not that inconsiderate and he would be in touch with me by now if he could.”
Kildare’s says it is cooperating fully with police and the FBI.
According to the Facebook page that was set up to support the search for Shane, there will be a candlelight vigil on the campus of West Chester University Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. outside the Sykes Student Union.
Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities at 215-686-3353/3354.