Kalamazoo native disappears in New York City; Family and police searching

Posted at 4:10 PM, May 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-01 22:19:12-04

NEW YORK CITY -- A 25-year-old Kalamazoo native has been reported missing in New York City.

Family members of Landon Edward Thomas tell FOX 17 he has been missing since 5:30 p.m. Monday. Thomas, a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School, attended the University of Michigan and was a recent graduate of the New York University School of Law, according to family.

“I’m concerned because this is out of the norm for Landon, very out of the norm," Patrcia Thomas, Landon's mother, told FOX 17 on Friday.

"Any time we call or text him, he gets right back with me.”

Thomas was preparing to move into a new apartment at the time of his disappearance.  His brother Troy Gilleylen, a Battle Creek Police Officer, tells FOX 17 that Thomas just vanished, and left all of his personal belongings behind.

“We just want him back home, safe," Thomas said. "We want Landon back home, he’s my jewel.”

Through cell phone records, police were able to determine the last call and text message from Landon's phone went out around 5 p.m. on  Monday.

Friends have set up a Facebook page to help in the search for Landon and are in the midst of hanging fliers up across the NYC area. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to assist in the search effort.

Thomas has been officially reported missing by the New York City Police Department.