MSU student goes missing; roommates set up search
MSU junior Marco Drayton was reported missing after he left his home in Three Rivers, Mich., on Sunday evening and did not return.
Drayton, a 20-year-old member of Theta Chi fraternity, was last seen at 9:30 p.m. Sunday before he left his home to visit a friend a few miles away, according to a release from Three Rivers Police Department. He was driving his mother’s green 1999 Ford van, which has a cracked windshield and missing passenger side door handle.
The van also has a Michigan license plate of CCA3146 and two gold stickers on the rear bumper that say, “I am a West Point Parent.” Previous to his time at MSU, Drayton attended West Point for a year.
Three Rivers Police Department said Drayton is reported voluntarily missing.
Fellow fraternity member and advertising junior Ryan Blute said Drayton’s clothes, shoes, wallet and phone were found by a lake in Three Rivers on between 7 and 8 a.m. Monday.
Drayton’s roommate, Kody Klenow, said several of Drayton’s other roommates will be heading to
Three Rivers tonight to knock on doors and gather any information they can concerning the whereabouts of their friend.
After hearing about Drayton’s clothes being found by a lake, Klenow said his first thought was his friend had drowned. But Klenow said his roommates had told him a search was conducted in the lake where Drayton’s clothes were found and authorities did not find anything.
Three Rivers Police Department declined to comment citing a lack of information.
Klenow said it is also unlikely his friend drowned because of his background at West Point.
“(Drayton) spent a year being trained,” Klenow said. “If anybody can survive out there, he’s definitely a good candidate.”
Klenow said he had last spoken with Drayton on Thursday while they played basketball together.
Klenow had invited Drayton to his cabin up north, but Drayton declined, explaining that he had to return home to Three Rivers to get money for rent.
“He’s so spontaneous and outgoing that I hope he found a few people and went on spontaneous trip to Canada or something,” he said.
While Drayton’s other roommates head to Three Rivers, Klenow said he is remaining in East Lansing in case anyone from the area has any more information.
“It’s been pretty tough,” he said. “We’re just trying to keep our heads up nothing has been proven yet.”
Drayton stands 6 feet 2 inches, weighs about 200 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Three Rivers Police Department at (269) 278-1235 or St. Joseph County Central Dispatch at (269) 467-4195.