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Police Search for Missing UVM Student

October 9, 2006

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.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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