NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Where is she?
The search is on for a 13-year-old girl, whose name we are withholding, who simply vanished in New York City. CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman spoke with her desperate father on Monday.
Tony, who left Brooklyn years ago, and who, with his wife, has raised their daughter in a rural community outside of Boston, now finds himself back. He’s searching the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn because the girl ran away from home.
“Whenever I’m focused on trying to find her, I’m okay. But, whenever that stops, and I’m home at night, and I wake up in the morning, and I think, you know, I … I … I … it’s hard. You know this is completely devas… you can’t … it’s my only daughter,”
She stepped off a bus at the Port Authority from Massachusetts and went missing. That was 10 days ago.
At 13, she is tech-savvy. But in the past week and a half she has not gone on her usual Facebook sites and she shut off her cell phone. Her father said the girl has been with him in the past to the Barnes & Noble in Park Slope, and that she loved Prospect Park. They have family in Crown Heights. But knowing they’re looking, she probably has not been there. More likely, Manhattan, he said, is what’s exciting.
“At this point … she … dreams about coming to New York and having a good time. But what we’re worried about now is that it’s gone past the time when you think a 13-year-old would’ve come down by herself, to where we feel she … here. And the question is whether or not she’s being held against her will,” Tony said.
“But I hope that [she] will come home to … we miss her.”
She is a mature looking 13, 5-foot-4, 130 pounds, with black hair usually in a bun or ponytail. She’s bi-racial, light-skinned and last seen wearing blue jeans and black Uggs. If you see her or have information on her whereabouts please contact the NYPD.
Her father fears the girl may have met someone online.