DIX HILLS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — He went to work and never came home. A Long Island family has spent the past two months searching for their father and husband. Now, a reward has been offered by the heartsick family.
Robert Mayer, 46, who was said to be a devoted husband to Ida Mayer, and father to an 11-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son, disappeared under mysterious circumstances, as his family prepared for Father’s Day and a trip to Italy, leaving those close to him baffled.
“I spoke to him in the morning, discussing our plans for Father’s Day. He told me to buy lobsters, oysters,” a tearful Ida Mayer told CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan on Monday.
The Dix Hills man is a union electrician in Brooklyn. He left for work on June 14, was spotted at a scrap metal yard in West Babylon that afternoon, and his 2004 Pontiac GTO was discovered at the Deer Park Train Station. Everything was missing from the vehicle’s trunk, his cellphone was pinged several miles north of the station before going dead.
Mayer’s green mountain bike was also missing from the family’s home.
“I haven’t spoken to him since. He wouldn’t leave me or the kids, nor his mom. His mom is devastated. My parents are devastated,” Ida said, “He’s got too much that he loves here.”
A Facebook page for Mayer has gained hundreds of followers and searches and rallies have been planned.
“Our children shouldn’t go through this. They shouldn’t have to ask every day, ‘how much longer mom?’” Mayer said.
Mayer’s family has offered a $10,000 reward for information regarding his disappearance. Suffolk County cops told CBS 2 that the investigation remains open.
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