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Parents thought missing man was graduating from Penn State

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jon Steindorf is asked to contact State College police.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jon Steindorf is asked to contact State College police. Photo provided

The parents of a missing 23-year-old State High graduate thought they’d be attending his graduation from Penn State this weekend.

As it turned out, Jon Steindorf had not enrolled last fall and had mysteriously vanished on Friday.

Steindorf was reported missing by his family Friday evening, a few hours after they went to his Pugh Street apartment at 4 p.m. to pick him up for Penn State commencement exercises.

His father, Paul Steindorf, said Sunday that he learned his son was not set to graduate this weekend, although Jon Steindorf told his parents that he wrapped up studies in the fall semester and delayed graduation until this spring.

“We thought he’d graduate, and that was our understanding that he completed fall classes and he delayed graduation until now, but the most recent information we received was he was not on the list to graduate,” Paul Steindorf said. “Apparently he wasn’t enrolled this fall.”

Graduation, however, is an afterthought for his parents.

“We love him and want him to come home to us,” Paul Steindorf said. “That’s all that matters to us is that he’s safe at home.”

Jon Steindorf is 5 feet 10 inches, weighing 170 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He may be carrying a red backpack and have a black Specialized bicycle with him, according to police.

The last person to be known to have seen Jon Steindorf was his roommate at about 11:30 a.m. Friday.

No one is known to have seen or heard from him since then.

Possible sightings have been reported to State College police.

“We have had calls and checked those out,” Lt. Bradley Smail said Sunday afternoon. “As of this point, nothing.”

He also said friends have checked areas Jon Steindorf liked to go hiking without luck.

Rebecca Sommer, a friend of Jon Steindorf, posted on Twitter and Facebook that his credit and debit cards, keys and phone were found in his apartment, which Paul Steindorf confirmed. She said in the post he was known to wear black-rimmed glasses.

Paul Steindorf thinks his son left behind his credit cards so they couldn’t be used to help track him. He also said it would be unlike his son to leave town for a few days without telling family.

He also doesn’t believe his son had enemies.

“I don’t think we have reason to suspect foul play,” Paul Steindorf said.

Paul Steindorf and his wife, Joanne, said they have searched for their son on their own but have not organized any search party efforts.

They hope it won’t come to that.

“For us, the greatest thing would be to see him walk down the street and come in the door,” Paul Steindorf said. “That’s what everyone is interested in. We love him, and we want him back home.”

Anyone with more information is asked to contact State College police at 234-7150.

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