Missing U student returns

by Brady Averill

The 21-year-old University student reported missing by his family Tuesday resurfaced Thursday.

Andrew T. Morgan, who had been missing for more than a week, returned safely Thursday night to his north Minneapolis home.

“Everyone can stop worrying now,” Morgan said.

Morgan, a part-time University student, was staying in hotels in Wisconsin, said Tom Morgan, Andrew Morgan’s father. The student had been missing since Sept. 29.

“He needed to sort some things out,” Tom Morgan said. “It was personal work.”

Andrew Morgan didn’t want to be found while he was gone, said Danie Morgan, the student’s sister. He was taking a break from the stress of work and school, she said.

When he returned home, Andrew Morgan was shocked about the attention his apparent disappearance caused, his father said.

“He’s extremely embarrassed,” Tom Morgan.

Tom Morgan said he felt bad because so much police and volunteer energy was spent on finding his son.

“But the best news is that he’s alive and safe,” he said.

The reunion was positive, Tom Morgan said, and the two embraced when they first saw each other.

“We’re obviously very happy,” the student’s sister said.

Andrew Morgan thanked community members for their support.

“It’s nice to see that so many people care about me,” he said.

Until Thursday night, friends and family hadn’t seen or heard from him since Sept. 29. He did not show up for his job as assistant manager at Valvoline Instant Oil Change in Woodbury, Minn., or attend class.

On Tuesday, Andrew Morgan’s roommates called his parents, Tom Morgan and JoAnn Morgan, because they were concerned after not seeing him for several days. Tom Morgan then filed a missing person report with the Minneapolis police.

JoAnn Morgan said the family will hold a celebration with approximately 100 volunteers who helped search for her son.

After Andrew Morgan expressed his thanks to volunteers, he said he had one more wish.

“Hopefully, the Twins take game three,” he said.

Kari Petrie co-wrote this story. [email protected]