A lot of people are concerned about him, as well as concerned for themselves because there really is very little information about what’s happening,” he said.
College officials and friends describe Marberger’s life falling apart. The promising sophomore reported being bullied on October 7, then got in trouble when authorities say he held an antique rifle while drunk at his frat house–but never threatened anyone.
“In speaking with Jacob, he did feel persecuted by several students on campus,” said Jerry Roderick, public safety director.
For Marberger, life in Chestertown quickly went downhill. He was kicked out of his fraternity, left his student government post and faced expulsion from the college.
In the wake of what his father described in a public report as a difficult week on campus, Marberger returned home to Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, where he disappeared with a rifle case.
He was last spotted Monday at a Walmart in Hamburg, Pennsylvania.
“Real nice gentleman,” said Tony McLain, Marberger’s acquaintance. “It’s a shock to me.”