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Stony Brook police: Missing student may be traveling across the country

Michael McLaughlin may be driving a gray 2008 Suburu Impreza, but information about why authorities believe he may have left New York and headed west was not available.

The family of Stony Brook University student Michael

The family of Stony Brook University student Michael McLaughlin has asked for the public's help in locating him. Photo Credit: Stony Brook University Police

Missing Stony Brook University junior Michael McLaughlin may be traveling across the country, campus police said Wednesday.

McLaughlin, 20, of upstate Cornwall, was last seen on campus at 4 a.m. Dec. 13, university police have said. His family has called for the public’s help in locating him, saying it’s unclear where he is headed, according to police.

In an update Wednesday, university police said they have reason to believe McLaughlin may be traveling across the country. No additional information was available.

“All of us at Stony Brook University including the University Police are just asking Michael, if he is listening, to check in with us, with your family or with a friend so we know you are okay,” Stony Brook officials said in a statement.

McLaughlin, a chemistry major, may be driving a gray 2008 Subaru Impreza, with the New York license plate HRE-5719. The sedan was seen traveling through New York City to New Jersey the morning McLaughlin went missing, police said.

He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black pants and white shoes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 150 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He has no history of mental illness, his mother, Diana McLaughlin, has said.

An alert went out to the campus community Monday, and university police have since been working to locate the student.

McLaughlin had been nervous about his finals, his mother said Tuesday. He failed to show up for the exams last week, and did not work his shift with the Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps, she said.

His family and friends have attempted to contact him via phone calls, text messages, emails and social media, but have not heard back, Diana McLaughlin said Tuesday. She was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call the university police at 631-632-3333, or call their local police department.

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