This is really fascinating

Students at the CUNY (City University of New York) Graduate School of Journalism wrote this report about missing people in New York City. It covers certain profiles of cases (family abductions, teen runaways, the homeless, etc), as well as various aspects of the search (the police, Amber Alerts, and so on). It’s a really interesting report. Only one of those people profiled in the story, Ivy Mantell, is still missing. By the time of her disappearance she was in poor health and living with an abusive man as an alternative to homelessness. But as you can see from the report, years ago she looked like quite a different person.

3 thoughts on “This is really fascinating

  1. Angie May 18, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    I live in NYC and I am constantly seeing missing persons posters around. In Port Authority sometimes you see posters for 3 or 4 people up at one time.

    Honestly I’d consider social services to be responsible for Ivy Mantell’s disappearance. It’s really messed up that she would lose custody of her son just for moving like, 20 miles away, and that the department who is supposed to provide social services would be so uncaring as to make her choose between being homeless and not seeing her son. Why would they do such a thing? And it’s really hard to get a spot in supportive care for an autistic person, due to limited resources, so it’s not even like she could have necessarily moved him to a facility in Queens. Just more evidence suggesting that social services doesn’t really care about keeping families together.

    • Meaghan May 18, 2015 / 12:47 pm

      Yeah, that was pretty harsh. I made sure to put that in Ivy’s casefile when I updated it — not to criticize social services but to indicate what a devoted mother she was, that she was willing to be homeless rather than lose her right to see her son.

      • Jennifer January 23, 2018 / 10:03 pm

        Hi Megan – I am Ivy’s cousin and I wanted to let you know I came across this article, as I am reading through other articles about my cousin. I wanted to thank you for putting this on your blog. Unfortunately, it will be 7yrs this year and we still haven’t heard anything on her case. This is now considered a cold case. My family and I are still at a loss. We have no closure whatsoever. We have done as much as we could possibly do but it seems like we keep hitting these brick walls. I, personally dont want to give up. However, I don’t know how else to keep her story going without feeling as though our concerns will continue to fall on deaf ears. Again, I wanted to take the time out to thank you for time and efforts. God bless!!

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