Brother of missing WVU students issues statement on behalf of family

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Scott Thompson, the brother of a missing West Virginia University student, issued a statement on behalf of his family Monday. David Thompson has been missing since Thursday, May 4.

In the statement he says:

"On behalf of our family, I would like to thank you all for your support as we continue to search for my brother, David Thompson, who has been missing since the early morning hours of May 4, 2017.

David was last seen in the Morgantown area at 2:30 am on 5/4, and all communication from him ceased at approximately the same time. We have learned that there is reason to believe he was near Fairmont shortly thereafter, However, we have no documented confirmation regarding is whereabouts after May 4 and no evidence to support that he ever left the general area. As reported by police, his car is also missing. It is a 2012 Honda Civic, 4-door, dark gray, with California plate 6TBB524.

Understandably, we have deep concerns about David's welfare, given the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and our despair deepens with every day that there is no news. We are a family who communicates with one another on a regular basis, so this was very shocking for us. If David thought our parents could have helped him, he truly would have reached out to them as they have always been there to support us. It is that much more troubling that he did not do so just prior to his disappearance.

David is 23-years-old, approximately 5'10", 180 lbs with dark blonde hair and blue eyes. He has been a student at West Virginia University since January 2015, majoring in business. One could often hear him discussing his passion for sales and marketing, and brainstorming ideas for hypothetical businesses. He was looking forward to a graduation date of December 2017. David was a member of the WVU debate team for the last two years. Whenever we hung out, he always enjoyed rehearsing for his next debate tournament. When he was not doing school work or debating, David showcased his musical talents by playing his guitar on his free time. Playing rock and metal music has been a passion of his for many years.

We respectfully ask for your assistance by contacting the Morgantown Police Department if you have any information which might be helpful to this investigation.

We would also like to express our thanks to extended family, friends, and the community for the tremendous outpouring of support, prayers, and love we have received. It touches our hearts and helps to ease our pain."

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