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Missing Lindenwood resident turns up at Mount Vernon hospital


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Luz Lopez

Daniel Otero, the 24-year-old who went missing on Monday, turned up Thursday morning in the Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital, more then 20 miles away from his Queens home.

Otero, a diagnosed schizophrenic, called his brother Marcus this morning, informing him that he was in the Mt.Vernon, N.Y. hospital, according to Daniel’s sister Luz Lopez.

Lopez said that there are no visible wounds on her brother but the hospital will hold him as they continue to do blood tests and give him medicine for his schizophrenia. With no car or money and two very blistered feet, Lopez believes that her brother must have walked the distance between their home in Lindenwood all the way up past the Bronx.

“He doesn’t recognize any of us,” she said. “So it’s incredible that he even remembered my brother’s phone number this morning.”

Daniel went missing on Monday after walking a relative to P.S. 232 in Lindenwood, triggering a missing person search by police and Daniel’s family and friends.

“I’m so relieved that he’s been found and he isn’t hurt,” Lopez said from the Mt. Vernon hospital.

 

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Lindenwood resident missing since Monday


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Luz Lopez

Update: Daniel Otero was found Thursday morning in a Mount Vernon, N.Y. hospital 

Police are searching for 24-year-old Daniel Otero, who went missing Monday in Lindenwood.

Otero has schizophrenia and his family blames the mental disability for his disappearance. The family is particularly worried about his disappearance because he’s never done anything like this before.

“He’s very scared of everything and he’ll listen to anything a stranger tells him to do,” Luz Lopez, Otero’s sister, said. “If you tell him to jump off a roof he’ll do it.”

Otero disappeared after walking a relative to Lindenwood’s P.S. 232 on Monday and in the early hours of Tuesday he briefly appeared in Wyckoff Heights Medical Center before disappearing again, according to Lopez, who found out about the visit after calling all the local hospitals in the area.

A representative from Wyckoff Medical Center confirmed that Otero flagged an ambulance down in Lindenwood around 3 a.m. Tuesday, complaining about neck pains. In the hospital they found that his calves were covered with ticks but since there was nothing wrong with him and he appeared to be alert and coherent he was allowed to leave the hospital at 5 a.m. It was only later that day that cops alerted all hospitals to keep Otero if he shows up again.

Lopez and her friend Phelipa Mirabile spent Tuesday night and Wednesday spreading out missing person fliers with basic information about Otero.

Otero takes several different medications for his schizophrenia and Lopez worries that the longer he stays missing, the harder it will be to find him. He was released from Queens Hospital on June 6 for treatment.

“He’ll get more and more disoriented as time goes by,” she said. “He’s very sweet and religious. He wouldn’t hurt anybody but we’re afraid others will hurt him.”

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