Columbia Student Jiwon Lee Still Missing After Almost One Week

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Twenty-nine-year-old Jiwon Lee, a standout student in her final year at Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine, disappeared on Tuesday. She was last seen leaving her Upper West Side apartment; according to her family, Lee's phone registered a signal from Washington Heights before going dark.

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Avonte Oquendo's Mother Warned School He "Liked to Run," Requested One-on-One Supervision, Report Shows

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A missing person flyer made by Avonte's family.
The search for missing autistic boy Avonte Oquendo came to a heartbreaking end in January, when his remains were found near Powell Cove Boulevard in Queens. A new report released yesterday by the agency in charge of investigating New York City's public schools shows several blunders in Avonte's care and supervision. The most serious -- the one that's likely to come up in the lawsuit she is pursuing against the city -- is that Avonte's mother, Vanessa Fontaine, warned his teacher at his Long Island City special education program that Avonte was likely to run. She requested one-on-one supervision for the boy, which the program at Riverview School, also known as P 277, did not provide. In addition, Avonte's teacher didn't inform school administrators that he was likely to try to leave the building.

According to their report, the Special Commissioner of Investigation for New York City Schools (SCI), headed by Commissioner Richard J. Condon, got involved with Avonte's case on October 7, 2013, four days after he was reported missing, after the NYPD was already searching for the boy.

SCI investigators met with Principal Susan McNulty and Assistant Principal Angela Pomo, who told them that Riverview shares a campus with two other schools, a middle school and a high school, the Academy for Careers in Television and Film. They told SCI investigators that as soon as Avonte was noticed to be missing, at 12:45 p.m., they asked the high school principal, Edgar Rodriguez, who's in charge of the building, to put the entire building on "soft lockdown" so a better search could be conducted. Rodriguez refused, on the grounds that it would "alarm" his students.

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Security Footage Shows Missing Designer James Ott Entering the McKibbin Lofts, But Not Leaving

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James "Jay" Ott was first reported missing on Monday when he failed to show up at the Dock Group, the fashion investment firm where he is a design director.

Ott's friends have spent the last several days distressed, canvassing the city with fliers, desperately seeking any information that may shed light on the Brooklyn fashion designer's disappearance Saturday.

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Photo Snapped on the F Train Reenergizes Search for Missing Teen Avonte Oquendo [Updated]

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Update, 11:30 a.m.: NYPD officers have determined that the young man photographed on the train is not Avonte Oquendo.

Sergeant Jessica McRorie of the NYPD tells us the teen in the photograph "came into an NYPD precinct with his mother and was interviewed. We've determined that the person in the picture was not Avonte."

She was unable to comment on whether or not the NYPD would continue scaling down its search for the missing teenager, as officials suggested earlier this week. She added only, "The search for Avonte continues."

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Man Shames Banksy Spectators To Start Looking for Avonte Oquendo, Too [VIDEO]

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It's been two weeks since the start of Banksy's residency, and New York City has had the privilege of playing along with one of the most famous artists of our time. We run from borough to borough for the chance to ogle his latest creation before someone defaces it or starts collecting cash from onlookers.

But let's hang on a minute: There are other things that need finding, too. Like human beings. 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo went missing October 4 when he walked out of The Center Boulevard School in Long Island City. One man, who was among the crowd at Banksy's Gladiator piece in Woodside, took the chance to remind the audience that maybe they should syphon just a little bit of their enthusiasm for Banksy into finding Avonte (ed. Or any other missing child for that matter. There are over 800,000 missing children in the U.S. at last count.) Runnin' Scared has video of the scene, after the jump.

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Suffolk Police Issue a Silver Alert for 87-Year-Old with Dementia

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The Suffolk County Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for an 87-year-old man suffering from dementia. Medio Figliolia was last seen standing in his driveway of his house at 8 Southhaven Avenue, Mastic, in the early morning on September 18. He was reported missing the night of September 19.

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Etan Patz Murder: Suspect Pedro Hernandez Says He'd "Done Something Bad And Killed A Child"

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The video above (compliments of NBC New York) is of a press conference held by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly regarding the arrest of a suspect in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz.

The suspect has been identified as Pedro Hernandez, 51, who was arrested yesterday in Camden, New Jersey. Kelly says Hernandez made statements to police implicating himself in Patz's disappearance -- he says Hernandez used candy to lure the boy into a bodega where he worked. He then attacked him, choking the 6-year-old to death before throwing the remains in the garbage.

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Etan Patz Suspect In Custody; Pedro Hernandez Tells Cops He Lured Boy With Candy Before Killing Him

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NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly announced this morning that a suspect in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz is currently in custody.

The suspect has been identified as Pedro Hernandez, who was arrested yesterday in Camden, New Jersey.

Kelly says Hernandez made statements to police implicating himself in Patz's disappearance. Police sources tell the New York Post that Hernandez lured the boy with candy as he was walking to his bus stop before stabbing him, cutting up his body, and putting the remains in plastic bags. However, we were unable to independently confirm that information.

Last month, authorities tore up a basement in the SoHo neighborhood where Patz was last seen. They found nothing.

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Etan Patz Disappearance: Search Of SoHo Basement Suspended, Turns Up Zilch...So Far

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Investigators removed hundreds of pounds of concrete from a SoHo basement in search of new evidence in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz. So far, no new evidence was discovered.
The search for clues in a SoHo basement in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz was suspended indefinitely last night -- and, so far, it's turned up precisely zilch.

FBI agents and NYPD investigators spent the last four days tearing up the cement floor of a basement just blocks from where Patz was last seen more than 30 years ago. At the time of Patz's disappearance, the basement was a workshop for neighborhood handyman Othneil Miller, 75, who law enforcement sources tell the Voice is the "target" of the investigation.

Sources say no human remains were found in the basement, located at 127 Prince Street, and a promising stain found on a wall turned out to not be human blood.

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Etan Patz Investigation: No Body, Lots Of Concrete

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FBI agents and New York City police officers spent much of the afternoon lugging chunks of concrete out a basement where investigators are searching for new evidence in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz.
About 40 FBI agents and New York City police officers lugged hundreds of pounds of concrete out of a basement in SoHo today in their search for new evidence in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz.

As of this writing, authorities have not found a body in the basement of 127 Prince Street, where neighborhood handyman -- and "target" of the new investigation -- Othneil Miller, 75, had a workshop at the time of Patz's disappearance. Now the building is a high-end shoe store.

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