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Chambersburg, Pa., man vanishes in college town

March 13, 2001

Chambersburg, Pa., man vanishes in college town



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man has vanished after a night out with friends in Morgantown, W.Va., mystifying police there.

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Justin B. Hayduk, 18, was out with friends in Morgantown when he was separated from them Friday night.

No one has heard from him since 2 a.m. Saturday, police said.

"This is just a mystery," said Cpl. Philip Scott, a detective with the Morgantown Police Department. "We have nothing."

Hayduk is a 2000 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School and a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, said his father, Mike Hayduk.

"They have not uncovered any foul play, but they haven't recovered Justin," he said. "I don't care where he turns up - at the police station, a homeless shelter or the hospital. I just want him to turn up alive."

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Hayduk had driven his parents' van to Morgantown Friday with a friend and was to return home Saturday.

After becoming separated from him, Hayduk's friends waited at Towers Hall, a residence hall at West Virginia University, for him to show up early Saturday morning. When he didn't, they went to bed expecting he would turn up, Scott said.

When he failed to return home Saturday afternoon, his father called the friends, who by then were searching Morgantown for him. Several hours later, the friends contacted police.

"Since then, we started going through the motions of backtracking and talking to people. There is nothing to go on," Scott said. "The bottom line is he was last seen at 2 a.m. (Saturday) and not since."

Hayduk's van was still parked at the college, and his bank card has not been used since Friday in Pennsylvania, Scott said.

Police spent Monday searching the area where he was last seen, as well as a walking trail that parallels the main road in town.

Police have also checked local waterways, hospitals, hotels and cab services. They are passing out fliers and showing Hayduk's picture around the city.

Scott said so far, all phone calls have been false leads.

"We're hoping with the contact with the media we'll get a break there. We have absolutely nothing to go on," Scott said.

Scott said he has been in touch with campus police at the University of Pittsburgh, who have checked his room and talked with his friends.

He was home on spring break and was to resume classes Monday.

Hayduk's classmates have volunteered their time, and several traveled to Morgantown Monday to help in the search.

A network of Hayduk's former Chambersburg Area Senior High School classmates scattered at colleges across the East Coast is aware of his disappearance, but has not heard from him, his father said.

"The thing that is strange is he had a vehicle and left it untouched. His personal belongings were in it untouched," Scott said.

Hayduk is a white male, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. When last seen, he was wearing a University of Pittsburgh baseball cap, a tan vest over a plaid shirt and jeans.

"This is rare ... It's unusual to go this long without any word at all for no apparent reason," Scott said.

Mike Hayduk said it was out of character for his responsible son, who is interested in studying law or English, to disappear without a word.

Hayduk's brother, Tyler, 15, is a sophomore at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. His mother, Cheryl Hayduk, was out of town but returned Monday.

Mike Hayduk praised the efforts of the Morgantown Police Department.

"They have been so gracious and helpful and very professional and extremely committed. They feel my pain not knowing what's going on," he said.

Anyone who hears from Hayduk should call the Morgantown Police Department's detective division at 304-284-7454.

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