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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The rain didn't stop more than a dozen people from trekking through Richmond bike trails Friday in search for a missing VCU exchange student.
The university is now offering a $5,000 reward to help find 22 year old Jonathan Dorey. Dorey was last seen outside Gladding Residence Center March 2.
Stan Mroczkowski no longer wanted to sit at home wondering what happened to Dorey. A young man he'd never met.
"When it happens close it requires a response, especially when the person is a foreigner and his family is so distant that you come out and show some kind of support," said Mroczkowski.
Stan's niece, also a VCU student, fears the worst.
"Now that he hasn't been heard in a long time, I'm worried it was foul play," said Jenna Daly.
The two were among about 14 people who, despite the rain, met up at Gladding Residence Center to map out a plan. The searchers branched out on bike and foot to scout Richmond hiking and biking trails.
Dorey, an exchange student from England, is an avid cyclist. Local photographer Dave Fess caught up with one group near Brown's Island.
"Happened to run into the situation which is a sad situation," said Fess.
Fess says he's familiar with the North Shore Trail which some searchers scoured.
"I rarely see any cyclists over here, but you never know where someone might turn up," said Fess.
A surveillance camera at Gladding captured Dorey leaving with his mountain bike on March 2. Bank records show Dorey's debit card was used to make a purchase at the 7-11 at Harrison and Main just a couple of blocks from the dorm.
Dorey's parents and younger brother are in Richmond, but don't want to be interviewed. VCU officials say police are meeting with them daily.
"I just hope something turns up like you said for the family so they can put the situation to rest and behind them," said Fess.
If you have information about Dorey's whereabouts, call VCU Police at 828-1196.