Search For Missing Duke Student Continues Deeper Into Bellingham

FRANKLIN (CBS) – The sprawling search for a missing Duke University student from Franklin is continuing for a sixth day, though police have found no new leads indicating where he is located.

Michael Doherty, 20, was last seen early Sunday morning when he left a party on Phyllis Lane alone around 1:30 a.m.

Michael Doherty. (Photo credit: Franklin Police)

Police around the area spent every day this week searching for Doherty in Franklin and nearby Bellingham.

Searchers found one of Doherty’s shoes and his shirt Sunday in a nearby marshy area.

The swampy area where searchers have been looking for Michael Doherty in Franklin. (WBZ-TV)

The focus of the investigation shifted to nearby Bellingham after they found his other shoe on the side of a brook there later in the week.

On Saturday, searchers progressed beyond the initial 1-mile perimeter. The search is now going deeper into Bellingham with the assistance of a Massachusetts State Police helicopter, which searches overhead as crews look for Doherty on the ground.

“At this time no new evidence has been discovered,” Franklin Police said on Saturday. “Reports that new cell phone pings had been received are incorrect. The last ping from the cell phone was Sunday at 1:08 a.m. as previously stated.”

Doherty’s parents said earlier in the week that their son had a planned ride home from the party. But when he decided to stay late and did not receive a response from his brothers, who were sleeping, he decided to walk home.

Foul play is not suspected.

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