Updated: Sudanese Model Ataui Deng Missing Since August 6

Categories: Missing Persons

Update: Monday, August 18, 11:30 p.m. Deng has been found alive at a New York City hospital.

Ataui Deng, a Sudanese model who has lived and worked in New York since 2008, has gone missing. On Monday afternoon fashion and entertainment industry insiders, like fellow model Ajak Deng--who appeared in a Benetton spread with Deng--and Deng's friend (and onetime Top Chef contestant) Roblé Ali, asked via Instagram for the public's help locating the model.

The NYPD says Deng, who lives on the Lower East Side, went missing around midnight on Wednesday, August 6. She was last seen leaving 251 W. 48th in Manhattan. According to Ali, two friends saw Deng that night at a party at The Attic in Hell's Kitchen.

Grant Monohon was one of the last people to see Deng. He had a romantic relationship with Deng, and tells the Voice the two of them lived together. Monohon is an actor who's had roles in Transamerica and Lady in the Water; he also works in PR. He organized the event at the Attic the night Deng went missing. The model was acting "irregularly" that night, Monohon says.

Around midnight, he says, "I walked outside with her. I gave her my keys, she didn't want them. She's just standing there. I was working, I had to go back inside."

Deng, Monohon says, will sometimes disappear for a day or two, but this is different. She began missing professional appointments, and other people started calling him, asking where she was. "Her bookers hit me up like, 'Where's she at?,' Your guess is as good as mine." About four days ago, he went to the police.

In the NYPD bulletin the model, whose full legal name is Ataui Deng Hopkins, is described as six-foot-one-inch tall, 110 pounds with black hair, a dark complexion and a slim build. No clothing description was given.

Deng has walked the runway for L'Wren Scott, Proenza Schouler and Zac Posen, and her face has graced the pages of Teen Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, according to her New York magazine profile.

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Shouldn't we wonder why it took Ataui's live in boyfriend nearly two weeks before going public with the model's disappearance?

Didn't something not register that she would leave without her cellphone, not make any contact with anyone, and in particular her live in boyfriend or family?

Was the model on drugs, did she come to have an altercation, had she been threatened and why then did the model choose to check into hospital under a different alias? Why did the model check into hospital to begin with…?



Major Models did not throw this party, nor does Major Models represent this model. However we do wish her a safe and sound return. 

Evelyn Whetstone
Evelyn Whetstone

So many predators hope they find Her safe. Women stay safe they are everywhere. Sometimes they look scary and sometimes they are a handsome first date! Don't be scared be smart. Pay Attention


@lenubienne OMG! I just saw this tweet too. She's been a featured model in some catalogs at my job. I pray she's found soon.

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