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Missing State College man found safe, reunited with family

State College police Lt. Keith Robb said a former classmate of Jon Steindorf called police at about 3:30 p.m. Monday after spotting him in the Greentree neighborhood.
State College police Lt. Keith Robb said a former classmate of Jon Steindorf called police at about 3:30 p.m. Monday after spotting him in the Greentree neighborhood. Photo provided

Jon Steindorf, the State College Area High School graduate and former Penn State student who had been missing since Friday, has been found safe, according to State College police.

“The 23-year-old missing State College man has been located in State College and is fine. Thanks to all who assisted in locating him,” police said on Twitter.

Paul Steindorf said his son is back home.

“He’s safe and sound at home, and we’re looking forward to getting back to a normal life,” Paul Steindorf said.

State College Lt. Keith Robb said a former classmate of Jon Steindorf called police at about 3:30 p.m. after they spotted him in the Greentree neighborhood.

Ferguson Township police responded and found him near Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

“They located him on the sidewalk, and he was cooperative,” Robb said. “ He was interviewed, and it was determined he wasn’t a danger to himself or others. He agreed to go back to his family, and he was given a ride home.”

Robb said he is relieved to have Steindorf reunited with his family.

“I’ve been on the other end where we’ve found someone deceased, so you couldn’t ask for a better scenario to resolve this,” Robb said.

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 said Sunday that he learned his son was not set to graduate over the weekend, although Jon Steindorf told his parents that he had wrapped up studies during 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, became an afterthought for his parents.

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

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