Parents Of Missing Virginia Man, Ian Burnet, Fear The Worst

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The parents of a 22-year-old Virginia man who was last seen in New York City last month have set up a website to help get their son back.

Ian Burnet, of Richmond, Va., was last seen on Dec. 30 at an apartment on 139th Street and Riverside Drive where he had been staying with friends since Dec. 26.

Mark Burnet told 1010 WINS his son last contacted him on Dec. 27 after he had visited Central Park. Ian’s last known contact was with his roommate on Dec. 30 around 4 p.m. shortly before his disappearance.

“We knew that he was around and doing something through that date but after the 30th we lost all contact with him,” Burnet said.

Ian left his cell phone behind so his parents and friends have no way to get in touch with him.

Burnet said Ian is believed to have had his driver’s license and credit card with him when he went missing. No credit card purchases have been made.

The Burnet family said they are sick with worry and fearing the worst.

“He knows how to take care of himself but we’re just really concerned why he hasn’t contacted us, that’s not in his character,” Burnet said.

Hundreds of volunteers have been posting flyers across New York City, Richmond and New Kent County, Va.

A Facebook page, which so far has garnered about 1,500 members and a website have been set up to help in the search.

Burnet is an engineering student on full scholarship at Virginia Commonweath University. He was the valedictorian at his high school and is an Eagle Scout.

His parents said Ian comes from a warm and loving home and has no history of problems with drugs or alcohol.

He is 5-feet-10-inches, 160 pounds, with green eyes and curly dark brown hair.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the NYPD at the 30th Precinct at 212-690-8842.

  • El Topo

    Stay the Fu** out of Our Neighborhood… Come here, and this is what you’ll get!

  • Sandy

    Agree with Caitlin C –
    Being a parent of a VCU senior – I can’t tell you how deeply I feel Ian’s parents pain. My daughter also went to NYC this past Fall and in spite of all my warnings she put herself in unfamiliar territory without any of her friends. Fortunately, I found out after the fact and she returned safely to Richmond but it could have ended differently. Only after a conversation about her trip did the truth come out. It’s not about NYC…it’s about being in unfamiliar areas, no context of where/where not to go and exploring the city alone–never a good idea. Even seasoned New Yorkers won’t go to certain areas–because they know better. That is true of any city! My prayers are with Ian’s parent and Ian and I’m wishing for the best.

  • Caitlin C.

    Has it occurred to anyone that Ian’s parents, family and friends read this article and your crude comments? Have you no heart? Clearly, you don’t have kids. If you did, you’d understand that his parents are sick, physically and emotionally sick with dark thoughts about where they child might be. If you don’t have a tip, something encouraging or supportive to say just redirect yourself to the entertainment section and comment on someone who isn’t hurting.

  • michelle

    Minus christine good for you!

  • Kevin X. Hooey

    Way to go CBS…when you click on “a website” link above, it brings you to a “Page Not Found” error page. Thanks for being so helpful and allowing people to get additional information!

  • DaEmph

    @ Cop show fan….

    This is a stupid theory, why would they rob him if he is hanging with friends? Because he is in NY? He probably got abducted or in the hands of some deranged killer…ever watch Hostel?
    All these people that go missing, just make the “Hostel” concept more and more real….pretty scary.

  • cop show fan

    Obviously the people he was visiting robbed him. I agree, I have heard website is best way to get info. I hope he goes home.


    sharing this on my FB page in hopes of getting this kid’s picture out there!

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