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Body of missing man who was staying with family in Queens found in Central Park Lake


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

The body of a missing 22-year-old college student visiting family in Jamaica was recovered from the Central Park Lake Wednesday after taking his own life, according to officials.

Aronno Haque was last seen Monday afternoon around Manhattan’s Union Square Park, police said.

After discovering his personal belongings near the lake, police searched the water for him Tuesday and Wednesday before finding his body, the NYPD said.

Among his belongings was a bag with a suicide note inside of it, police said. The Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Thursday that he took his own life and said his cause of death was drowning.

Haque was attending Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. and is a Bangladesh native, according to a Reddit post.

When on break from school, he stayed with family members in Queens, police said.

According to a Facebook page set up in his memory, Haque was an only child.

 

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Reward for missing autistic teen increased to $75K as search continues two weeks later


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Photo Courtesy NYPD

After two weeks since Avonte Oquendo was last seen leaving his Long Island City School, the search continues for the lovable autistic teen.

Avonte, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. on Friday, October 4. There have been mixed reports on how the Rego Park teen, who cannot verbally communicate and is supposed to be supervised at all times, managed to leave the school, said the family’s attorney, David Perecman.

According to Avonte’s grandmother, the security guard appointed to the front of the school said she had seen Avonte running towards the door, asked him where he was going and after he did not respond, she just allowed him to leave because she did not know he was a special needs student.  Yet, according to Perecman, no student at the school is allowed to leave the property until dismissal.

Avonte’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, previously told The Courier the school “failed her” when they took close to an hour to inform her that Avonte had gone missing.

However, according to reports, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the school safety officer did nothing wrong and investigations show she did what she had to do.

The NYPD has officers searching the streets daily for the boy, who family says loves trains, and looking for him by helicopter and with divers. Recently, the police has been driving around in patrol cars and search vans with loudspeakers echoing Avonte’s mother’s calls.

Avonte’s family also sought the help from the Texas Equusearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team, a group of volunteers that have helped find numerous missing people throughout the country.

The team said it would be traveling to the site on Friday, October 18 and would “evaluate the situation” to determine if they have resources to help search for Avonte.

The family has filed a notice of claim to sue the City of New York for $25 million, taking claims of negligence against both the Department of Education and the Special Security Division which provide the security agents for the school.

An initial $5,000 reward for Avonte’s return was offered by Mayerson & Associates, a New York Law Firm which represents individuals with autism. Manhattan Children’s Center, a nonprofit private autism school, announced it was matching the law firm’s offer with an additional $5,000 from the Gelb Family Foundation.

Since then, the reward has increased to $75,000 through the support of Health First, the employer of the missing teen’s mother, Suzanne and Bob Wright, co-founders of Autism Speaks, David Perecman of the Perecman Firm, and an anonymous donor, according to Autism Speaks.

Reverend Al Sharpton will hold a community outreach rally on Saturday, October 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the National Action Network headquarters located at 106 West 145th Street in Manhattan.

Avonte was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. He is 5’3” tall and weighs 125 pounds.

The NYPD has released a new photo of Avonte together with an image of the shirt he was wearing the day he went missing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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UPDATE: Missing 13-year-old Howard Beach boy found at train station


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PHOTO COURTESY OF DREGER FAMILY

A 13-year-old initially thought to have possibly been kidnapped was found just trying to go to the beach.

Griffin Dreger, who was thought to be missing Friday morning, was found at the at the Jamaica LIRR station the same day around 3 p.m., unharmed. Police said he was trying to buy a train ticket to Montauk Point.

This morning at about 6:40 a.m., Dreger went to take out the trash, just as he does every morning outside his Howard Beach co-op. After a few minutes, Dreger’s stepfather, Juan Palacios, went outside to find him, only to realize he wasn’t there.

“I just started screaming his name,” Palacios said. “I thought he got kidnapped.”

Palacios and his wife called police, and a search ensued. His wife spent a portion of the day with detectives while family and friends placed “missing” flyers around their Lindenwood neighborhood.

After the initial missing report, over a dozen cops, at least a dozen detectives, three police dogs and helicopters were sent out to find the missing boy, according to a police source.

As the facts came in, police started to look at the case “more as a runaway” and not as an “abduction,” the source said.

“Initially . . . we started thinking maybe there is a chance [of kidnapping], but now most of the facts are pointing to a runaway,” said the law enforcement source.

Palacios’ mother said “he’s a good kid, he wouldn’t run away.”

“He’s a good kid,” echoed neighbor Annmarie Hegarty. “He doesn’t roam the boulevard. I always ask, ‘Where’s Griffin?’ They say he’s upstairs studying.”

Palacios said last night Dreger wanted him, his stepfather and mother to all “play hooky” and spend the day together.

A video camera near the dumpster caught Dreger this morning “jogging” to the trashcan, throwing in the bag and then “jogging” away. Police said there was no urgency in how he was moving, Palacios said.

“We’re hoping he’s playing hooky,” he said. “I hope he comes back. I hope he’s alright.”

 

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Elderly Queens man missing


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A silver alert has been issued for a missing Queens man last seen yesterday morning in Briarwood.

Hong Sheng Zhang, 78, went missing at 11:30 a.m. yesterday near the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Main Street.

Zhang, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, is 5-feet-3-inches tall, 120 pounds, with grey shaved hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a waist length green jacket, a white and yellow baseball hat and yellow pants.

Anyone with information on Zhang’s whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1.

18-year-old goes missing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Police are looking for a missing 18-year-old who was last seen on Thursday, October 11 at his 88th Avenue home.

Kevin Celestin is described as a black male and was wearing a green T-shirt, blue jeans and tan boots when he was last seen around 9 a.m. He is 5’11” and weighs 180 pounds.

Anyone with information on Celestin’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Police looking for missing 14-year-old


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Police are looking for a missing 14-year-old Flushing boy.

Brian Hur was last seen at his home on 165th Street around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9. He is described as 5’3” tall and 105 pounds.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

36-year-old reported missing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

A man has been missing since he was last seen leaving his 67th Street home on Sunday, October 13, police said.

Jose Hernandez, 36, was last seen leaving his home around 2 p.m., police said. He is Hispanic, 5’6” and 160 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers with white stripes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Police ask for help locating missing elderly Queens woman


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Police are asking for the public’s help in finding an elderly Queens woman who went missing over the weekend.

Phinelie Jean-Francois, 70, who has dementia, was last seen on Saturday near her Richmond Hill home on 101st Street.

Police described the missing as 5-feet-1-inch tall, weighing 140 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Jean-Francois was last seen wearing a red, short-sleeved shirt; blue denim skirt, and black slippers.

Anyone with information about this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

 

Missing Queens woman found in Texas


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Rajwinder Kaur

A Queens woman who went missing last Sunday was found safe in Texas.

The family of Rajwinder Kaur, 26, reported her missing after receiving a text from her cell phone saying she had been killed, reports said.

Kaur left her Jamaica house in the evening of Sunday, July 8.

A source told Eyewitness News that Kaur took a bus to Texas to avoid to avoid an arranged marriage.

 

 

 

Police searching for missing Jamaica teen


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Police are asking for the public’s help locating a missing Jamaica teen.

Jassmyn Carr, 15, has not been seen since Friday, January 13 at her Merrick Boulevard home.

She is described as 5-feet-8-inches tall, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information in regard to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

Two Flushing teens reported missing


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Police are asking for the public’s help in finding two Flushing teens recently reported missing in separate incidents.

Wai Man Ng, 14, was last seen at his College Point Boulevard home on Wednesday, March 7 wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans and white sneakers. Police described Ng as 5-feet-3-inches tall and 120 pounds.

Yu Dai, 16, was last seen on Thursday, March 15 at her home on Blossom Avenue. The missing is 5-feet-5-inches tall and 105 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to either missing person is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.

 

Police searching for missing Jamaica man


| jlane@queenscourier.com

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The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the following missing male who resides within the confines of the 106th Precinct.

 

The missing male is identified as:

 

Vernell McCallum

M/B/71

160-10 111th Avenue

Jamaica, NY

 

Vernell McCallum was last seen inside of the “Resort World Casino” located at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, Ozone Park on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at approximately 1730 hours.

 

He is described as being 5’7″, with brown eyes and black hair and last seen wearing black corduroy pants and walking with a cane.

 

A photo of the missing is attached.

 

Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

NYPD: Infant missing from Queens Hospital Center


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DCPI

A Queens woman is on the run with her 8-month-old baby girl, police say.

Leila Rajnarie, 40, who does not have custody of her daughter, accompanied the baby and her foster parent to a doctor appointment shortly after noon today at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica.

In the middle of the meeting, Rajnarie man grabbed the baby girl and took off, said authorities.

The baby girl, Nevita Iagdeo, was wearing a cream-colored one-piece outfit with bears on it, said police.

Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/nypd-infant-missing-20120314-akd#ixzz1p8Zo4X7b

Police search for Queens teen missing since November


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in locating a Woodhaven teen last seen in November.

Delmaris Erazo, 17, went missing on November 25 of last year near her 91st Street residence, according to police.

Police described the girl as 5-feet-4-inches tall, 130 pounds with black hair, brown eyes . she also wears braces.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Erazo is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

Laurelton man missing


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Police are looking for a Laurelton resident who recently went missing and is of poor mental health.

Rupert West, 59, was last seen Friday morning at 7 a.m. at his home on 218th Street.

The missing is described as 5-feet-8-inches tall, 170 pounds with blue eyes, black hair and a full beard. He was last seen wearing plaid shorts.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.