Search Continues for Michigan Teen Who Vanished From Michigan State University Campus

EAST LANSING, November 16, 2021 ~ The search continues for missing 18-year-old Grand Valley State University student Brendan Santo, who was last seen on Michigan State University’s (MSU) campus the night before the October 30 Spartan/Wolverine football game.

We don’t know what happened to him. We don’t know where he is,” said Brendan’s Aunt, Dawn Brewer. “We just need that one person with that one lead to help the police go in the right direction to bring Brendan home.”

Brendan Santo’s bank card has not been used since that night, according to his aunt. Investigators say data reviews indicate Brendan’s phone has shown no activity since the night of his disappearance.


November 16, 2021 ~ 760 WJR Senior News Analyst Lloyd Jackson talks to Paul W. about the missing persons case surrounding Brendan Santo, who disappeared from Michigan State University‘s campus Halloween weekend.

MSU police have joined efforts with East Lansing and Grand Valley State University police departments, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan Department of Attorney General, and Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. The FBI is also now involved in the investigation.

According to MSU Police and Public Safety Information Officer Chris Rozman, the search has turned to the Red Cedar River, which runs through campus, and near Yakeley Hall where Brendan was last seen, though they “continue to explore other possibilities.”

…Our genuine hope is that with these additional resources and collaboration, we will ensure that all investigative avenues are being explored and the work that we have already done can be reviewed by other professional agencies for collective investigative practices.”

A GoFundMe fundraiser set up by friends of the Santo family has raised more than $98,000 to help fund the search for Brendan.

While we do not disclose the precise number or their locations for security reasons, I have learned our camera at the entrance of Yakeley Hall was not operational the night Brendan was last seen,” said MSU President Samuel Stanley in a statement Friday. “We are fixing that.”

Brendan’s vehicle has also been collected from the area he parked it before his disappearance.

We remain hopeful as we do with all of these cases, while at the same time acknowledging that he has been missing for almost two weeks now,” Rozman said. “It’s important that when we do our jobs we always carry a level of hope and not make any assumptions. We are doing everything we can to find Brendan.”

Anyone with information on the case should call (844) 99-MSUPD or email tips@police.msu.edu.