Who goes missing? Last year, the NYPD received close to 13,000 reports of missing people — an average of 35 reports a day. This section focuses on the people who go missing and the people who spend countless hours frantically searching for them.

Brian: A Young Man With Autism

A family searches for their 20-year-old son with autism.


Brian went missing on Feb. 17, a day when three inches of snow blanketed the streets and temperatures had dropped below freezing. His family spent weeks searching for him. Read more.

Nashwa: Abducted to Egypt

Each year, about 1,000 American children are victims of international family abduction. Nashwa el-Sayed was abducted by her father when she was 2-years-old.


Nashwa el-Sayed is a 24 year old girl who lives and works in Queens, but when she was 2 years old, her father abducted her to Egypt. Nashwa el-Sayed story is the story of thousands of missing children. Read more.

Missing Person Cases in New York State

Current status as reported by the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System

Open Cases

Closed Cases

Missing Female Cases

Missing Males Cases

Ivy: Homeless and Vulnerable

The search continues for Ivy, a homeless single mom who went missing almost four years ago.


Ivy Mantell is a missing single mom from Yonkers who was homeless and a reported domestic violence victim. She was also an alcoholic who suffered from depression and anxiety. Her case remains unsolved and her family suspects foul play in her sudden disappearance. Although many women suffer some form of domestic abuse, there is a lot unknown about the correlation between domestic violence and missing persons cases. Read more.

Ivan: Runaway and Castoff


Ivan Cabrera left a turbulent home as a teenager.


Almost 20,000 children were reported missing in New York State last year, and nearly all of them are suspected runaways like Ivan Cabrera. Last year,  the National Runaway Safeline, an organization that works to keep runaways and homeless children safe, received more than 96,000 calls from runaways. Nearly a third were from New York, more than any other state. Most runaways — like Cabrera — leave home because of conflicts with their parents, authorities say. Read more.

LGBT Kids Forced Out of Conservative Homes

Gay and transgender teenagers who seek refuge in big cities often wind up homeless.


Many LGBT teens, especially from the South and Midwest, flee violence and rejection in conservative homes. Social workers say that those in the western United States often head to San Francisco while kids from the East come to New York City. Many of these kids end up homeless on city streets where they face danger and stigma similar to what they fled. Listen here.

Phil: Elderly and Mentally Ill

Phil Arabadjis had a history of schizophrenia and showed early signs of Alzheimer’s disease when he first wandered off in December. He was found within 24 hours. This time, he went missing for two months.


People with Alzheimer’s disease are typically found soon after wandering, but it is not uncommon for them to end up in more serious situations. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in 10 people with dementia will wander off at least once, and about half of those who wander face serious injury or death if not found within 24 hours. The baby boom generation is aging and people are living longer, making it growing problem. Read more.