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State police search intensifies for missing RIT student Matthew Grant

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New York State Police have intensified their search for Matthew Grant, a 22-year-old Rochester Institute of Technology student and co-captain of the university’s wrestling team, who has been missing since November 20.

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To aid in the search, authorities released a photo of Grant’s vehicle, a 2014 Jeep Cherokee with a Michigan license plate, ESR-8141. Grant was last seen around 10 p.m. on November 20 when he left his off-campus residence in Henrietta, reportedly to meet a friend. However, investigations revealed that he headed east instead.

Further examination of Grant’s activities prior to his disappearance showed that he had searched for maps of the Adirondacks, Appalachian Trail, and other areas on the night he left home. This information has broadened the scope of the search. The last known location of his vehicle was traced to Exit 36 on the New York State Thruway, just outside Syracuse, but it remains uncertain whether he traveled north or south on Interstate 81 thereafter. The ambiguity of his intended destination has prompted police to extend their search to the Syracuse and Adirondack regions.

Grant’s family, who traveled from Onaway, Michigan to Rochester to join the search, is working closely with authorities in hopes of finding him. New York State Police are urging anyone with information about Grant’s whereabouts or his vehicle to contact 911 immediately. The widespread call for assistance reflects the urgency of locating the missing student, as concerns grow with each passing day.