May 20, 2008
Police search for missing woman
21-year-old former SUNY Cortland student from Walton was last seen May 8
A 21-year-old woman is missing after telling her roommate she was packing to go home to Walton in Delaware County.
City police are searching for Rebecca E. Gruver, a former history major at SUNY Cortland, who was last seen by her roommate at 90 Groton Ave. on May 8.
Her mother, Sharon A. Gruver of Walton, said on Monday that she expected Rebecca Gruver home around May 6, after speaking with her on the phone May 2.
When her daughter did not show up, Sharon Gruver at first thought there had been a miscommunication, but she said she called the police in Walton to report Rebecca Gruver as a missing person when she still had not arrived by May 14.
Police said Rebecca Gruver is about 5-feet-5-inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. She has medium-length brown hair and brown eyes, and was driving a blue 2001 Pontiac Sunfire with Ohio registration DXU-3647 when she was last seen. The vehicle is owned by a relative from Ohio, city police Lt. Paul Sandy said this morning.
Sharon Gruver said she has spoken to Rebecca’s friends both in Cortland and Walton, and none seem to know where she is.
“We don’t have any leads at all,” Patrolman Jack Fairchild of the Walton Village Police Department said this morning.
Fairchild said police had been told that Rebecca Gruver took frequent trips to Syracuse, but he did not know why. He also said Sharon Gruver told police one of her checks was missing and it was later cashed for $1,800. Fairchild said it was written to a man, but he did not have the name.
Rebecca had been enrolled in SUNY Cortland as a history major, but had not returned to classes for the spring semester. Until the beginning of May, Sharon Gruver had thought her daughter was still taking classes. Rebecca Gruver worked at Pontillo’s Pizza on Groton Avenue, a job her mother said Rebecca loved.
“That’s one thing that scares me,” Sharon Gruver said. “I can’t imagine her doing that (not showing up for work). She’s never, ever done that.”
Jeff Constantino, owner of the restaurant, said he was shocked at Gruver’s disappearance.
“We were one of the last ones to see her,” he said. “She came in May 8 to pick up her paycheck. I have a good sense about people. She seemed a little down and out. She seemed friendly, but not the Rebecca that I know. She’s friendly and she liked working at Pontillo’s.”
Constantino said Gruver worked three or four days each week. He said he did not know she was no longer attending SUNY Cortland.
“That was a surprise,” he said. “She never asked for days off, but I didn’t know.”
Cortland Police are asking anyone with information on Rebecca Gruver’s whereabouts to call the police department at (607) 753-3001, ext. 0.
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