Brendan Santo, a college freshman from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) was last seen on the campus of MSU close to midnight on Friday, October 29th in the area of Yakeley Hall. As part of the continuing effort to find missing teen Brendan Santo, his former hockey team held a charity game in his hometown of Rochester on December 22.
Brendan was visiting friends at Michigan State University for the big Michigan State University vs. University of Michigan football game that was scheduled for October 30, 2021. After weeks of searching the Red Cedar River that runs through campus, there has been no sign of Brendan.
What has Brendan Santo Family said?
Brendan’s dad, Brad Santo was the family has conducted multiple civilian searches of the Michigan State University campus with an estimated overall total of 800+ volunteers. “We found no sign of Brendan or his belongings,” his dad said.
“Brendan would not leave on his own accord. He is a good kid with a kind heart and a zest for life. Brendan is an intelligent athletic young man who has many friends and is close with family. He would go out of his way to help someone in need” Brad wrote in a Facebook post aimed at creating awareness for his missing son.
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At Rochester United, Brendan played in defense in a team made up of players from both Rochester Adams and Rochester High Schools, when he attended Adams. Each winter break, alumni players from the team return to Rochester to play a friendly game with current United players. Brendan would have been on the alumni side of the faceoff circle this year.
Head coach Austin Grzenia and team captain Shane Arbour came up with the idea of making this year’s matchup a way to raise awareness for the search for Brendan.
The game which was held on Dec 22 aimed to raise money for the GoFundMe set up to help with the search. There will be “missing person” flyers with pre-stamped envelopes available for those in attendance to take and share across the country. Attendees can also participate in a 50-50 raffle.
The GoFundMe page created by Melissa Corsi on behalf of Wendy Santo has already raised more than $120k raised of the $75,000 goal.