Police may have found video surveillance showing the 21-year-old

By Caitlin Keating
Updated December 10, 2014 03:45 PM
Credit: Courtesy Help Find Shane Montgomery

Police may have made their first break Wednesday in the disappearance of the 21-year-old Pennsylvania college student who went missing on Thanksgiving Eve.

Shane Montgomery was last seen out with his cousin around 1:45 a.m. at Kildare’s Irish Pub in Philadelphia on Nov. 26.

“Until today, we could not find him on any of the video surveillance,” Richard Ross, first deputy police commissioner, tells PEOPLE. “But we finally found a video that seems to depict him in the area. We are not certain but this is the most positive break we have had so far.”

He hopes they will be able to confirm if it’s actually Montgomery by the end of day.

“By this point, we normally would have something,” he says. “It’s been very frustrating for us, but we can’t imagine what it’s been like for the family not having answers.”

Montgomery’s friends and family are not giving up on the search. A reward for information has increased to $65,000.

“It’s a nightmare I can’t wake up from,” his mother, Karen Montgomery, told the Huffington Post. “I’m in despair – not knowing anything and not finding him.”

For him to disappear on his own would be completely out of character, she told the news outlet.

“Somebody knows what happened to him,” she said. “I just need one courageous person to dig deep in their soul and come back and say what happened, without worrying about the consequences of what might happen to them. This is my child. People love him. Come forward and tell me what happened to Shane and where I can find him.”

A GoFundMe page to help find Montgomery has raised almost $30,000.