Police Search for Missing UVM Student
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) _ Local police are searching for a University of Vermont student last seen early Saturday morning as she was walking back to campus from downtown.
City and UVM police are calling the disappearance of Michelle Gardner-Quinn of Arlington, Va., ``suspicious.″
Gardner-Quinn, 21, was last seen at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday, Burlington police said..
Gardner-Quinn’s roommate, Erin Degraw, said Sunday that people were worried and upset.
``No one’s heard from her since Friday night,″ said roommate Eric Degraw, an 18-year-old freshman from Honeoye, N.Y.
Gardner-Quinn’s friends distributed missing-person fliers through Burlington on Sunday. The five s went out Friday to celebrate a friend’s 21st birthday by visiting several Burlington bars.
Gardner-Quinn left before the others to walk back to her room, said friend Tommy Lang.
She walked part of the way with a ``random guy″ whose cell phone she had borrowed.
That person has talked with authorities and is not suspected of wrongdoing.
``She never made it back to the dorms,″ Lang said.
Gardner-Quinn’s parents, in town for UVM’s Family Weekend, reported her missing when she didn’t show up for dinner, Saturday evening, said friend Julia Martin, 19, of Hopewell, N.J.
``She’s not the type of person who would just disappear,″ Lang said.
``We’re obviously very concerned. We have a student that nobody has seen or heard from going on 48 hours now,″ said UVM spokesman Enrique Corredera. ``We’re hoping by some chance it’s some kind of miscommunication or misunderstanding that will allow the possibility that she’s fine.″
Gardner-Quinn is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs 135 pounds. She has shoulder-length brown hair and a piercing in her nose, Burlington police said in a news release. She was last seen, she was wearing a gray coat, a green cardigan sweater and a light blue T-shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call Burlington police at 658-2700.
Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com