Search for Duke University student enters 6th day

A ribbon tied to a telephone pole near the area where Michael Doherty went missing.
David L Ryan/Globe Staff
A ribbon tied to a telephone pole near the area where Michael Doherty went missing.

For the sixth straight day, Franklin police will search for Michael Doherty, the Duke University student who disappeared while walking in his hometown early Sunday.

“No new evidence has been discovered, and the investigation continues under the direction of the Franklin Police Detective Unit with assistance from other State and Federal agencies,’’ police said in a statement Friday.

Police have said they do not suspect foul play in the disappearance of the 20-year-old Doherty, who was last seen around 1:30 a.m. Sunday as he left a party on Phyllis Lane, planning to walk in the rain to the family’s home on Catherine Avenue about a mile away.


His parents said Wednesday they are holding out hope that he could be found alive.

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“We want Michael here,” said his father, Dan Doherty. “We’re praying for a miracle.”

On Friday, Franklin police and firefighters along with team members from the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council and the Massachusetts Environmental Police will participate. The search area has a radius of about a mile and spans a marshy stretch along the border between Franklin and Bellingham.

State Police have deployed their air wing. Drones have also been used during the search.

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