UPDATE on 3/5: She has been found. Read more.
Many of you know the story from Tuesday’s blog post, of how she disappeared early Saturday morning.
A short time ago, I got a text from David James, the moderator of our altar servers and coordinator of youth ministry at the parish. He spoke with Gabby’s mother this morning. Here is as much as we know:
She went missing from her house in Queens between 12:30 am and 3:30 am Saturday. It appears she may have snuck out to hang out with friends.
At around 6 am, she told her friends she was going home.
At 6:24, her cell phone turns off and there’s no more contact from her on any social media channel.
Her mom says that police feel she was abducted on her way home.
There is a report that she was seen in the Bronx in a white van accompanied by two males, one African American, the other Hispanic.
Police are looking for any surveillance footage.
Please keep praying — for Gabby, for her mother, for all who are searching for this girl. Spread the word.
If you have any leads or hear anything:
Call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1–800–577–TIPS(8477) or for Spanish, 1–888–57–PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers‘ website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All tips will be kept strictly confidential.
UPDATE: The local media is now picking up her story:
“She’s a very sweet kid, a real loving big sister. She’s been active in our church,” said David James, who runs the Altar Servers/Catholic Youth Activities at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church in Forest Hills. “She’s a happy, good kid. We’re all very concerned, praying and hoping that she comes home soon so she can be reunited with her mother and sister.”
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.