Amid Search, an Outpouring of Support for Missing Washington College Student

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Jacob Marberger
Jacob Marberger

Jacob Marberger hasn’t been seen all week. Officials believe he may be armed, and began a “manhunt” after issuing a warrant for his arrest on gun charges. At Washington College, which Marberger attends, school is closed through Thanksgiving. But there’s another layer to this story. Many people watching the incident unfold have reached out to offer help to Marberger.

The New York Times took note of the outpouring of support online, writing that they offer “love, support and a confidential ear.” The outreach follows pleas Marberger’s parents for him to return.

The college’s Facebook page has been one gathering point.

“We all get a bit off track at some time in our lives,” Kim Ferguson wrote.“You are loved and you will be ok! Praying for you, Jacob.”

The campaign seems to have had an effect. Alumni started a GoFundMe account to provide resources for Marberger after he is found (It was later taken down). A day after closing the school, even Washington College President Sheila Bair took a personal tone.

“We know these past few days must have been extremely stressful for you,” she wrote. “We’re asking you to contact your parents and let them know that you’re safe. Your family misses you.”


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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