The body of missing Pennsylvania college student Shane Montgomery was found on Saturday – five weeks after he went missing on Thanksgiving Eve.
The family of the 21-year-old Pennsylvania college student watched as a body they believe to be his was pulled out of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood, not far from the bar where he was last seen, Philly.com reports.
“Today we have done what we promised,” his mother, Karen Montgomery, said in a Facebook post. “We found and brought Shane home.”
While authorities have not officially identified the body, Montgomery’s parents told NBC Philadelphia that the body is their son’s.
Surveillance video uncovered during the investigation showed Montgomery walking toward the Manayunk canal after leaving Kildare’s Irish Pub in Philadelphia at about 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 26. After analyzing the video, the FBI concluded that his body would most likely be found in the river.
The discovery was finally made by the Garden State Undercover Recovery Unit – the same volunteer divers who pulled Montgomery’s keys and Eagles lanyard from the river on Dec. 22.
“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,” the Montgomery family said in their Facebook post. “At this time we ask that you please respect our privacy. We need time to mourn together as a family.”
The cause of Montgomery’s death is still to be determined.