RICHMOND, Va. (CBS) Jonny Dorey's parents, Alan and Debbie, along with their youngest son Simon, have traveled to the US to join in the search for their son, the Virginia Commonwealth University exchange student who has been missing for over two weeks.
Jonathan S. Tunner, a local mountain biker who is assisting the Doreys, said the family is interested in searching the Virginia Capital Trail, the unfinished pedestrian and bicycle trail that runs from Richmond through Jamestown to Williamsburg.
"They're very hopeful about finding Jonny, and they thought, given his affinity for the coast...they thought that perhaps he was headed toward the coast," Tunner, who organized a search of trails on both sides of the James River on Sunday, told the Richmond Times Dispatch.
The family stopped at an area restaurant for lunch as they drove along part of the Virginia Capital Trail, according to the co-owner Cullen Jenkins.
Jenkins told the Times Dispatch that the family indicated they would follow the Capital Trail and search any camping areas along the way. They also gave him a missing-person flier and asked that it be posted at the restaurant.
On Monday the Dorey family bought three mountain bikes at Agee's Bicycles in Carytown, according to the paper.
"They just said that he was kind of a fan of coastal areas, so they were probably going to head east," the bike store owner David Oakley said.
There is a $10,000 reward for information that leads to finding Jonny Dorey.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts are asked to Contact VCU Police Communications at 804-828-1196.