January 12th, 2012
01:46 AM ET

Parents of missing Virginia student head to New York to aid in search

The parents of a missing Virginia college student plan to travel to New York on Thursday to assist in his search.

Ian Hunter Burnet, a 22-year-old Virginia Commonwealth University student, went missing days after arriving in New York City to celebrate New Year's Eve, authorities said.

Burnet left Richmond on a bus bound for New York on December 26, according to his father, Mark.

He planned to stay with a fellow college student and her friend in an apartment in Harlem, his father said.

"He went up just to have a post-Christmas tourist visit to New York City and celebrate New Year's Eve. He was intending to have a short time there and then return back to Virginia," the father said.

According to Burnet's father, Burnet and a friend had made plans to hang out together back in Virginia on January 2, but Burnet never made it back. The last communication he had with his son was December 28.

"I received a routine type of text talking about touring in New York," he said.

Some other news outlets have reported that Burnet told friends he was not having a good time in New York, but his father said that was something he had not heard.

"I wish I knew more," he said, "If I did, I might be able to understand what happened."

What investigators do know is that the friends with whom Burnet was staying say they last heard from him on December 30.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Something a 22-year-old man from Virginia might not know is that there are places on the fashionable Upper East Side of Manhattan where one does not go alone at night, and there are more places in Harlem where one does not go alone at night or ever.

    January 12, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |