Missing Stafford Co. college student found safe

STAFFORD, Va. (WRIC) — The Stafford County college student that went missing Tuesday night has been found in good condition Friday.

33-year-old Lance Calvin Buckley was was located at the Brunswick Family Campground, near Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the phone that belonged to Buckley was electronically located, very briefly, in the area of Blockhouse Point Conservation Park in Montgomery County, Maryland.  The Montgomery County Police Department initiated a search in that area on Thursday and Friday. Still, Buckley was nowhere to be found.

Buckley was last seen by family members at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday when he was dropped off at the Staffordboro Commuter Lot where he usually “slugs” (or gets rides) to Howard University. He is currently enrolled in a PhD program there. Police say Buckley was on his way to pick up his “graduation packet” for graduation scheduled for this Saturday.

Police released photos on Friday of Buckley withdrawing money from an ATM at Howard University. The photos were taken on Tuesday at 8:40 a.m.


Buckley’s family had made a desperate plea for his safe return home.

“I just want you home. I love you,” said Amy Buckley, wife of Lance. “You’re the love of my life. Please come home to our babies and to me.”

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Montgomery County Police Department, the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, the Howard University Police Department, The US Park Police, the National Park Service, the Brunswick Police Department and the FBI for their assistance in this investigation.

“We are truly pleased that Mr. Buckley was found safe and in good condition,”  states Sheriff Charles Jett.  “The partnership between the law enforcement agencies , the Media and citizens in this region were critical to locating Lance Buckley.”

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