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Graduating Howard University Student Reported Missing

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    Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver reports on a missing doctoral student from Stafford County who attends Howard University. (Published Wednesday, May 6, 2015)

    A missing 33-year-old man scheduled to graduate from Howard University Saturday may be in possession of a handgun, the Stafford County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

    Lance Calvin Buckley is no danger to anyone, the sheriff's office said.

    He was last seen by his family at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Staffordboro Commuter Lot, where he uses a slug line to commute to Howard University. "Sluggers" are commuters who wait for rides from strangers who can then use the high-occupancy vehicle lanes. Police say Buckley, a PhD. student at the university, was on his way to campus to pick up graduation materials.

    Stafford authorities said Buckley used an ATM after arriving in D.C., and at 10:16 a.m., he sent a text message to his wife, Amy, from the area of Howard University.

    He never showed up for a scheduled meeting at noon. His family has not heard from him since the text message.

    Buckley is the father of an 11-day-old baby girl and a 3-year-old daughter.

    Authorities say it's out of character for him not to keep in contact with his family during the day.

    Buckley is 5-feet-11-inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has brown hair. He was last seen wearing bluejeans, a dark-colored T-shirt and gray Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers.

    “We’re pleading with anyone who has seen him or had any interaction with him or thought that they saw him that they contact the police and let them know,” said Buckley’s mother, Loretta.

    In a statement released Wednesday, Howard University says they are "cooperating fully" with authorities.

    If you have seen Lance Buckley, call police at 540-659-2020.