Parents set up website to help find missing Va. man, 22, last seen in NYC on Dec. 30

Ian Burnet
CBS New York
Ian Burnet
CBS New York

(CBS) NEW YORK - The parents of a 22-year-old Virginia man last seen on Dec. 30 in New York City are desperately seeking information about their missing son and have set up a website to help find him.

Ian Burnet, an engineering student at Virginia Commonwealth University, had been staying with friends at an apartment on 139th Street and Riverside Drive in the days leading up to his disappearance.

According to CBS New York, Burnet's father, Mark, told 1010 WINS News Radio that the young man's last known contact was with his roommate around 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30.

Burnet reportedly left his cell phone behind, but is believed to have had his driver's license and credit card with him when he vanished. No credit card purchases have been made in the more than 10 days since.

"He knows how to take care of himself, but we're just really concerned why he hasn't contacted us, that's not in his character," Burnet said.

Burnet is reportedly attending college on a full scholarship, and was both a high school valedictorian and an Eagle Scout. His parents say he has no history of substance abuse problems.

Hundreds of volunteers have been posting flyers across New York City, Richmond and New Kent County, Va.

A Facebook page, which so far has more than 1,800 members, and a website have been set up to help in the search.

Burnet is 5-feet-10-inches, 160 pounds, with green eyes and curly dark brown hair.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the NYPD at the 30th Precinct at 212-690-8842.