Desperate Search Continues For Missing Great Neck Man

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — On Long Island, police are asking for help in locating a man in his sixties who left his home earlier this week and hasn’t been heard from since. As CBS 2’s John Slattery reports, one clue put the man’s last whereabouts in Riverhead, far from where he lives.

Susan Mayer says she hasn’t slept in two days, wondering what happened to her husband, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.

“It’s a nightmare. I mean people don’t just disappear,” Mrs. Mayer said. “This is TV stuff. People just don’t disappear into thin air.”

That’s what happened to her husband, 65-year-old Steven Mayer, a businessman who left his home in Great Neck Monday morning, leaving the front door open. He spoke to his office in Huntington to say he was on his way in, and mentioned he was on the LIE, a route he seldom took.

“We know that his last contact when reaching out was from Riverhead, based on triangulation of cell towers,” State Senator Craig Johnson told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

“He didn’t get off the highway, he shot past his office for some reason, something is happening,” Mrs. Mayer said.

Mrs. Mayer says police were able to trace Steven’s final phone call Monday afternoon to a cell tower in Riverhead, and the number he called raises concerns about his mental health.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall talks with the missing man’s son

“I believe the last call was made to his deceased parents’ phone number,” Mrs. Mayer said.

Steven Mayer is a former president of his synagogue in Great Neck, which has mobilized searches and printed posters.

Mayer is five-foot-eight and weighs about 190 pounds, with brown hair and glasses. He drives a gray 2010 Nissan Sentra with New York license plate EWN 4035. He’s been missing now for more than two days.

Mayer’s wife believes he may have had a stroke or may be suffering a form of dementia.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Mayer family at 1-516-847-5005, or police at 911.

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  • Joanie Neuhaus Alexander

    Steven was a member of my schul in Washington Heights. I have fond memories of him- his beautiful smile, unusual kindness and beautiful davening. He is in my tefilot for a speedy and safe return home to his family



  • leon isaacson

    I knew Steven in Washington Heights 50 years ago/ We are praying for his safe return in Israel Leon Isaacson

  • Caren M

    My thoughts & Prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time!

  • Aliza Mayer

    The search has now moved to Great Neck, NY and the surrounding areas. Anyone who is able to aid in the volunteer efforts to find Steven is urged to call the Volunteer Hotline at 347-927-7701 or go to the Great Neck Synagogue at 26 Old Mill Rd in Great Neck, NY. Time is of the essence!

  • apelbaum moshe

    we are pray&hopewill find him healthy soon moshe&ruth apelbaum.

  • Chaya Hollander

    I wish that he would be home to his family. So that my good friends a liza and rich will stop worying

  • JD

    Watching for you on I-95 from central NJ to DC my usual daily truck route.

  • Hamburg family

    Our thoughts and prayers are for you all and especially for Steven . May he return speedily and unharmed to his loving family!!

  • Jessica L.

    I can’t imagine the agony his family must be going through. I hope that the search doesn’t have to last too long and that he is found unharmed.

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