Loved ones of teenagers missing in East Lansing do not give up hope as the search continues

Your loved ones, family and friends don’t give up hope that Brendan Santo will come home.

All of this despite the fact that the teenager has now been missing for over a week.

“Something made him go missing and we just have to find out what it is so we can bring him back,” said Dawn Brewer, Santo’s aunt.

The search continues for Santo, a Rochester Hills-born Grand Valley State University student who went missing while visiting Michigan State University last week.

“It’s something you wouldn’t ask for anyone,” Brewer said. “And it’s, you know, we said you saw this and you said, ‘Oh, this won’t be us. We will never be. ‘ And when it is like that, it is terrible. “

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Brendan’s family can’t help but feel pain and uncertainty as they patiently wait for an update on what happened to him. His truck was found where he’d parked it when he got to East Lansing.

Brewer and Santo’s cousin Brianna Clippert are hoping for a safe return. Santo was last seen just before midnight when he left Michigan State University, the day before he was due to go to the big game against Michigan on October 30th.

“He was here to visit friends,” said Clippert. “It was literally spot on here at Yakeley Hall. He wanted to leave there, but he lived in the Brody neighborhood. So right across from the Kellogg Center over there. “

Many people have joined the search. On Saturday, officials distributed leaflets and looked for clues.

“Our whole focus is getting him to check all of his phones for any footage they took on Friday night or that weekend,” Brewer said.

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The hashtag “Find Brendan Santo” is gaining traction on TikTok because it is a video in which all commentators seem to want the 18-year-old to go home.

“A girl who is friends with one of Brendan’s cousins ​​actually did the TikTok,” said Clippert. “I think she got 80,000 likes for the video.”

Police believe Santo may still be in the East Lansing area. That is exactly why they searched MSU so carefully.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the East Lansing Police Department.

“We’re just hoping someone saw something and come back and help us get them home,” Brewer said.

Chase Berden and other MSU students say it’s a hard time being Spartans after Santo’s disappearance.

“I’m just still shocked that no one has answers or clues as to what is going on,” he said.

Donavan Hill is 18 himself and just imagining what he would do if he were in Brendan’s shoes.

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“It’s devastating because you’re young at 18, you know? Hill said. “You have so much that you can do with your life.”

Anyone who has evidence of the disappearance is asked to report to the police.

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