05/20/2013 10:45 am ET Updated May 20, 2013

Matthew Royer Missing: College Student Vanishes During Drive Home From University Of Rhode Island

A Rhode Island University student texted his mother in Pennsylvania to say he was coming home for the summer -- but he never showed up.

Police are searching for Matthew Royer, 21, who was last seen on Thursday, May 16. He told his mom that he overslept and was getting a late start on his trip at about 6 p.m., ABC News reports.

A charge on his credit card placed him at a gas station in Rhode Island at 6:30 p.m., and a ping off a cellphone tower showed that he was at an Allentown, Pa. gas station at 2 a.m. Surveillance footage from the gas station shows him making a purchase, CBS Philadelphia reports.

"He bought water at the station, he opened it in the car and headed southbound on 100 - he looked fine, not distraught," his mother, Janet Royer, told ABC.

He was only 35 miles from his home in Skippack Township, but that's where the trail goes dark.

His mom called police on Friday afternoon after Royer failed to show up for work at the Skippack Golf Course. A check of his cell phone records shows that his phone stopped working at noon on Saturday, according to the Lehigh Valley Express-Times.

Royer is described as a white male, 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a green golf shirt, off-white shorts, flip-flops and a Biltmore Adventures hat. He was driving a silver 2008 Chevy Cobalt with Pennsylvania license GZR-9059.

Pennsylvania State Police in Skippack ask anyone with information to call 610-584-1250.



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