Father of missing college student speaks out

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - For more than two weeks, James Robertson has had to deal with the uncertainty of his son's whereabouts.

"My toughest time is at night. I'll get two or three hours of sleep and by 3:30 in the morning I'm playing out every scenario you can think of," Robertson said Tuesday night.

Robertson's son Eric was last seen on August 23. The 2007 Summerville High School graduate had just celebrated his older brother's wedding, and was getting ready to start his senior year at Presbyterian College in Clinton.

"He talked to his girlfriend that night. She lived in Greenville and he had said he was just doing some laundry and would come up and see her, but he never made it," Robertson said.

Officers found Eric's phone in his dorm room and his car on campus. Search teams from several sheriff's offices and police departments searched the upstate for him, however, they haven't found anything.

"We're not convinced that Eric is anywhere around Clinton so putting up flyers and posters up, we're not sure if that will be of any benefit at this time," Robertson said.

Despite this difficult time of uncertainty, Robertson said his family is still hoping for the best during the investigation.

"I know they haven't quit searching for Eric, so that's a good affirmation that law enforcement is concerned," Robertson said.

The Robertsons have been up to Presbyterian's campus to pack up Eric's dorm room.

Eric's father said the family's faith and the Summerville community are helping them get through this difficult period.

"When something like this happens it's a real reality check that it isn't just other people that it happens to, that something like this could make its way into your family," Robertson said.

According to police, Eric had medical conditions that concerned them. The Robertsons, however, said Eric had a kidney infection that caused him to have fevers.

Anyone with information about where Eric Robertson may be should call the Clinton Police Department at (864)-833-7512.

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