College student visiting MSU friends missing since Friday

November 1, 2021 GMT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities searched Monday for a college student who disappeared while visiting friends at Michigan State University over the weekend.

“Please pray even if you usually don’t pray,” said Michael Alter, whose son played hockey with Brendan Santo in suburban Detroit.

Santo, an 18-year-old student at Grand Valley State University, was last seen leaving Yakeley Hall shortly before midnight Friday, campus police said.

Police blocked off part of a parking lot near the Red Cedar River. Diving equipment could be seen.

“Our operation has included searches conducted on foot, by helicopter, by drone and boat,” police said.

Santo’s car was located earlier. Friends from the Rochester area in suburban Detroit organized a car pool to travel to MSU and join the search.

“He was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a black T-shirt, a black baseball hat and white Converse high-top shoes,” police said.