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This story was updated 3:22 p.m., Dec. 26.

Prince George’s police are still searching for a University of Maryland, College Park, student who suffers from depression and has been missing for the past week.

David Johnathan Scherr, 20, was last seen around 2 p.m. Dec. 19 near the UM campus in College Park, and county police said he is in need of his medication for depression.

Police said he may be driving a black 2013 Ford Escape with Maryland tags 3AX4875 and said he was last seen wearing a purple Ravens shirt and white plaid shorts. A phone number for Scherr’s family could not be located.

Scherr plays tuba in the Gamer Symphony Orchestra, a UM-based student-run ensemble that performs arrangements of video game music.

Orchestra director Kira Levitzky said Scherr is the current treasurer of the group. She said Scherr does not own his own tuba so the group is holding an online fundraiser to raise $4,000 to purchase the tuba he is currently renting.

She said the rented tuba may be in the back of his Ford Escape, in which case it could be noticeable for people spotting the vehicle.

The last time Levitzky saw him was during the Gamer Symphony Orchestra’s fall concert Dec. 1, she said.

“David is a really sweet guy. I didn’t know anything about him, as far as whether he had depression or not. He just seemed like a happy go lucky guy, very sweet,” she said. “He’s like family to us. We want to make sure he gets home safe and sound.”

Mark Limansky, a spokesman for the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety, said the department is aiding county police in the search and providing them with any background information on Scherr that may help find him.

“We’re doing whatever Prince George’s County is asking. Whatever they need, we’re helping,” he said.

Limansky said Scherr lives off campus, which is why county police are leading the case and not university police.

He said campus police did send a text alert that linked to the county police department’s blog post about Scherr’s disappearance with a photo of him.

Anyone with information on Scherr’s whereabouts is asked to call the county police department’s District 1 investigative section at 301-699-2601.

djgross@gazette.net