The search for Shane Montgomery ended Saturday when the 21-year-old’s body was found in the Schuylkill River.
Police confirmed that a male’s body was pulled out of the river behind the Manayunk Brew Pub on Main Street at 12:15 p.m. not far from where the former West Chester University student first went missing early on Thanksgiving morning.
In a statement, the police extended “Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences goes out to the family,” according to Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman.
“Today we have done what we promised. We found and brought Shane home,” the Montgomery family said in a statement. “We want to thank the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit, Philadelphia Marine Unit, Northwest Detectives, the Philadelphia Police Department, Saint John the Baptist, Mike Rose and the Brew Pub and their employees. We want to thank everyone for their support, prayers, and love and ask that they continue to pray for our family at this trying time. At this time we ask that you please respect our privacy. We need time to mourn together as a family.”
The find came after a more than month-long search for the Roxborough resident who vanished after leaving Kildare’s Irish Pub around 2 a.m. on Nov. 27.
Authorities believed Montgomery was in the river after security cameras from a Main Street nail salon captured footage of Montgomery heading toward and then walking across the towpath that crosses the Manayunk Canal the morning of his disappearance. The towpath, which leads to a parking lot, sits behind the salon.