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Search for missing RIT student ramps up after being spotted on surveillance footage in Seneca County

The search for missing Rochester Institute of Technology student Matthew Grant has taken a new turn following the release of surveillance footage.


The video, captured at the Love’s Travel Stop in Tyre, Seneca County, near Waterloo, shows Matthew inside the store shortly before midnight on the night he disappeared. This development has provided a crucial lead in the ongoing search efforts, spearheaded by Matthew’s father, Mark Grant.

Mark Grant, deeply affected by his son’s disappearance, shared his distress, noting the lack of sleep and appetite he has endured since Matthew went missing. The surveillance footage places Matthew at the Love’s Travel Stop near Del Lago, a significant clue that has redirected the focus of the search.

According to Mark, this is the last confirmed sighting of Matthew, who reportedly took a route over to Syracuse, avoiding the interstate. This information has prompted the family to trace potential routes Matthew may have taken, with Mark and his family members personally inspecting guardrails and ditches along these roads.

The family remains hopeful, especially since Matthew’s EZ-Pass recorded him exiting the thruway at exit 36 to I-81. However, the direction he took from there is still unknown, as investigators have yet to find conclusive footage from that plaza. Despite the uncertainties, Mark Grant’s message to his son is one of unconditional support and a plea for his safe return.

The family has announced a reward for any information leading to Matthew’s whereabouts and urges the community to be on the lookout for his 2014 charcoal Jeep Cherokee, license plate ESR-8141. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 911.