This morning when I logged onto my computer, social media was filled with news that strikes fear through your heart: a teenager is missing. From Shipley. His name is Austin Wylie. He is from Lower Merion Township. Lower Merion Police are asking for ANYONE with any information to call them at 610-649-1000. His car was apparently found yesterday at 5th and Spring Garden Streets in Philadelphia. His friends say his keys were found in the car, the police aren’t confirming or denying that.
As per Google, this is where his car was found:
This is not where you would find a kid from the Main Line typically unless they are going clubbing or something and he is just too young for that I think.
I thought maybe first he was a city kid who went out to Shipley, but he’s not as per NBC10:
A standout teenage soccer player from Montgomery County vanished this week, and police from multiple jurisdictions are working together to try to find him.
Austin Wylie, who recently finished his junior year at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, was featured in September as the Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week for his achievements as Shipley’s forward.
Friends are taking to Facebook, Twitter and other social media to share photos of Wylie after they said he went missing Wednesday morning.
A spokesman for Lower Merion Police Department told NBC10 that a number of law enforcement agencies from different jurisdictions are investigating Wylie’s disappearance.
He confirmed that a car Wylie had been driving at some point was located at 5th and Spring Garden streets in Philadelphia since the teen went missing, but wasn’t able to confirm whether the keys had been left in the car, as reports on social media have said.
Anyone with information on Wylie should contact Lower Merion Police at 610-649-1000.
Austin Wylie is a rising senior at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, my alma mater. That means he just finished his junior year. By all accounts a standout student athlete who is well liked. Kids like him do NOT just vanish into this air. What is around 5th and Spring Garden in Northern Liberties that would attract a kid from the suburbs? Or did nothing attract him and something or someone made him go there? And all his friends are saying on social media his keys were in the car????
Main Line Media News is reporting Austin is from Haverford in Lower Merion Township:
Thursday Lower Merion spokesman Tom Walsh confirmed social media reports that Austin Wylie, a 17-year-old from the Haverford section of Lower Merion, is missing and police have been searching for him.
His friends are a credit to him, they took to social media immediately, posting away. I think it because of these friends that media and police and the rest of us are sharing. When you have a kid close to Austin’s age it is especially terrifying.
I do not know this boy and I am uspet. Another teen missing? From Shipley, no less? This just doesn’t seem like the kind of kid who would take off and disappear. So where is he? His poor parents and family, and his poor friends.
Please if you have seen this boy, please come forward. Even if you saw him buying a soda in a WaWa or something, please come forward to police. Who the heck knows where Philadelphia Police are on this since all we have heard from only Austin’s hometown PD, Lower Merion.
This just doesn’t seem like a kid who would just disappear or take off. Maybe I am wrong, kids get upset, teenage years can be super emotional. Please if you have seen this kid call the police.
Praying for a safe and happy resolution. (And I would love to know why no one has heard from Philadelphia Police on this yet???)
His car was reportedly found in Northern Liberties
BY ELISA LALA
Authorities are asking anyone with information related to the disappearance of Montgomery County teen Austin Wylie, who has been reported missing since Wednesday morning, to come forward.
A spokesperson from the Lower Merion Police Department confirmed to NBC10that a car driven by Wylie at the time of his disappearance has since been found at N. 5th and Spring Garden streets in Northern Liberties.