Thursday, March 11 2010 8:52 AM EST2010-03-11 13:52:20 GMT
It's been more than a week since a foreign exchange student at VCU was last seen. No one has heard from 22 year-old Jonathan Dorey since March 2. Now his friends are organizing search efforts, and reaching out for help on Facebook.More >>
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - New details have emerged in the search for a missing VCU exchange student. VCU police released two new photos of Jonathan Dorey from the day he went missing, which was two weeks ago.
The Dorey family spokesman said Tuesday they're just waiting for that break that will lead them to Jonathan and hope the pictures will help bring some answers. Meantime, a Richmond cyclist is planning a new search for Jonathan.
For the first time since Dorey's disappearance, surveillance photos offer a glimpse into the past. The moment Dorey left Gladding Residence Center with his mountain bike on March 2 at 11:19 a.m.
"There's the bike and there's what he was wearing, but still a mystery," said Catherine Leth, a VCU student.
The Dorey family spokesman hopes the images remind people of what Dorey was doing and more importantly what he was wearing.
"Maybe that you saw a kid on a bike with a plaid shirt that day," said VCU student Justin Burr.
A $10,000 reward is now up for grabs -- Dorey's home university in England pitched in half.
"Hopefully someone will come out of the woodwork with some little piece of information at least," said Leth.
In the last two weeks, there's been no trace of Dorey despite numerous searches of Richmond bike trails. Local cyclists aren't giving up.
On Monday, the manager at Agee's Bicycles in Carytown said the Dorey family bought three mountain bikes. They've also been put in touch with local cyclists who've suggested trails for them to search.
"The family believes he may have headed east towards the coast and there's a route that goes along Route 5. It's called the Capital Trail," said Jonathan Tunner.
Tunner reached out to the Dorey's on Facebook.
"I think it's clearly very tough on the family but they seem to be very resilient, and frankly very upbeat, and think they have a good shot at finding Jonny," he said.
Tunner says he's going to reach out to both VCU and Richmond police about his search plans and hopes to have something set in stone by the weekend. Meantime, if you have information about Dorey's whereabouts call VCU police at 828-1196.