Senior Missing

Some time between late Friday night and early Saturday morning Michelle Gardner-Quinn, a UVM senior, went missing. Last seen while walking up Main Street past South Union Street toward her dorm in University Heights, Michelle failed to meet with her parents on Saturday morning. Friday night found Michelle meeting up with friends: Tommy Lang, Dorsey Kilbourn, Mike Means and Julie Martin to celebrate Dorsey’s 21st birthday at The OP according to Michelle’s friends Tommy and Julie. Later, Julie left early and Dorsey moved on to meet up with friends at Miguel’s. Tommy, Mike and Michelle left to meet up with other friends at JP’s. Michelle eventually left JP’s to meet up again with Dorsey in front of The Ski Rack on Main Street. At 2:15 a.m. Tommy got a call from Michelle on what he described as a “random guy’s” cell phone. Dorsey, due to missing a call on her cell phone, which was on vibrate, never met up with Michelle. Brian Rooney, the man whose cell phone Michelle used to call Tommy walked Michelle up Main Street to the corner of Main and South Union where he departed and Michelle continued up Main Street to her dorm in U-Heights according to Tommy. This was the last time anyone has seen or heard from Michelle. On Saturday morning Michelle was supposed to meet up with her parents. When Michelle didn’t show up and was unreachable they contacted University Police Services. UVM police then turned the case over to the Burlington police, according to the Burlington police. The Burlington Police Department is now heading up the investigation and is “working very closely with UVM police,” Lieutenant Rich Long said. Michelle’s friends describe her as a hard worker who is passionate about her studies. “We went to high school together…I’ve known her since the 8th grade,” explained Michelle’s friend Tommy who went on to paint a saint’s portrait of Michelle. Tommy explained that Michelle loves the outdoors and “spends the summer working at a national park in Virginia.” Michelle is an outgoing, friendly young woman, Julie stated. “I met her on the Wilderness Trek program and we’ve been hanging out non-stop ever since,” Julie said. Michelle, who self-designed a major under environmental studies and Latin American studies has spent much of her college career abroad, studying in Costa Rica and South Africa. Her love for her studies and the environment was obvious in her friends’ portrayal of her. Any information about Michelle’s whereabouts should be directed to the Burlington Police Department. Michelle Gardner-Quinn:? 21 years of age? 5’8″ 135 lbs? Stud piercing in noseLast seen wearing:? Gray peacoat? Green sweater? Long dark blue t-shirt? Black Puma purse with white stripesCall Burlington Policewith information(802) 658-2700