Student reported missing after getting ride to school with stranger

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. -- A Howard University PhD student disappeared Tuesday after he left his Stafford County home to pick up his graduation packet from the Washington, D.C. school, according to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. Lance Calvin Buckley, 33, was reported missing by his family Tuesday night. Buckley was last seen by his family at around 8 a.m. Tuesday when he was dropped off at the Staffordboro Commuter Lot where he slugs, or gets a ride with a stranger, to Howard University. The commuter lot is about 40 miles from the university.

"Buckley’s wife received a text message from her husband at approximately 10:16 a.m. [Tuesday] from the area of Howard University. The contents of the text indicate that it was from Lance Buckley," Stafford County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said. "However, Lance Buckley did not show up for a scheduled meeting at noon [Tuesday] at the University and his family has had no contact with him since the 10:16 am text. It is out of character for Lance Buckley to not keep in contact with his family during the day."

Lance Calvin Buckley (PHOTO: Stafford County Sheriff’s Office)

Lance Calvin Buckley (PHOTO: Stafford County Sheriff’s Office)

Buckley was described as a white male, 5’11, and 150 pounds with brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark colored t-shirt and gray Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers. Anyone who has seen Lance Buckley or knows his whereabouts was asked to contact the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020. This is a developing story.

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