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Recent articles by Mary:

Young NY man with Asperger’s found dead

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (PIX11) — The mother of a 20-year-old Poughkeepsie man with special needs who had gone missing on April 30 was mourning his loss Friday. Alicia McIver, known as Sharley, posted a message on her Facebook page that her son, Jordan Jones, was dead. “It is with the greatest sadness that I inform you […] → Read More

EMT shot in Staten Island by man he was helping; suspect in custody: sources

WEST BRIGHTON, Staten Island (PIX11) — An on-duty emergency medical worker was shot in Staten Island on Wednesday night, police said. The victim had responded to Forest Avenue near Bement Avenue for reports of a disorderly person outside of a Staten Island bar, NYPD Inspector Mark Molinari said. The EMTs found the 37-year-old man, identified […] → Read More

Missing NJ security guard feared someone following him

IRVINGTON, N.J. (PIX11) – The mother of a young New Jersey man who started acting strangely in recent weeks appealed for the public’s help Saturday to find her son, 26-year-old Samuel Cedeno. “His behavior changed. He thought someone was following him or wanted to hurt him,” Candida Almanzar, Cedeno’s mother, told PIX11 News. The worried […] → Read More

Gilgo Beach 911 calls being released Friday, years after Shannan Gilbert called for help

GILGO BEACH, NY (PIX11) — Just over a dozen years after Craigslist escort Shannan Gilbert frantically dialed 911 on May 1, 2010–screaming on the phone that “they’re trying to kill me”– police plan to make the contents of that call public at noon Friday. Suffolk County’s new police commissioner, Rodney Harrison, had promised to release […] → Read More

Poughkeepsie man with Asperger’s syndrome disappeared May 1

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (PIX11) – The mother of 20-year-old Jordan “Jae” Jones, a high-functioning man with autism, appealed for the public’s help in finding him, ten days after his disappearance. “We didn’t learn until May 2 that somebody saw him May 1,” Sharley McIver, Jones’ mother, told PIX11 News Wednesday. The concerned mom, who is a social worker, […] → Read More

Family of NYPD detective’s daughter in cold case murder marks 40th birthday

WALLKILL, N.Y. (PIX11) — Megan McDonald, an NYPD detective’s daughter, will forever be 20 years old, but investigators who’ve worked since 2003 to solve her cold-case murder wanted the public to remember what should have been her 40th birthday on Monday. “Megan McDonald would have been 40 years old on May 2 … but when […] → Read More

Gifted Bronx student on scholarship disappears

CASTLE HILL, the Bronx (PIX11) — The mother of 16-year-old Jezlieanne Colon, who’s been attending an all-girl Manhattan prep school on scholarship, was frantic to find the girl, after the teen left home at 3 p.m. on Saturday. “My daughter’s been an over-achiever since childhood,” the missing girl’s mother, Kimberly Varela, told PIX11 News Sunday […] → Read More

Missing Queens teen escaped sex traffickers, showed up at Staten Island precinct, mom says

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11) — A teenage girl from Queens who’d been missing for six months turned up at a Staten Island police precinct early Friday morning, telling cops she’d escaped sex traffickers who had raped and drugged her, according to her mom and two law enforcement sources. “She was being held with two other […] → Read More

7/11 surveillance video may show missing Bronx artist in Texas

THE BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) — The mother of a missing Bronx artist with PTSD said police showed her surveillance footage of a person inside a Dallas, Texas 7/11 store that could be her daughter. “She had a hoodie on and a hat on her head,” Linda Morris said of the person in the surveillance footage. […] → Read More

Teen boy disappears from NYCHA’s Woodside Houses in Queens

WOODSIDE, Queens (PIX11) — Fifteen-year-old Kal-El Ramos was last seen leaving his apartment at NYCHA’s Woodside Houses at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday morning — and never returned. This would normally be the time when most children in his building were heading out to school. The teen is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 130 […] → Read More

Sister of strangled LI woman sees killer’s face — four decades later

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (PIX11) — Irene Wilkowitz drove hours from Rhode Island to Riverhead in Suffolk County Wednesday to make the District Attorney’s press conference about her sister’s 1980 murder case. And for the first time, she saw the killer’s face. “I didn’t want to see him,” Irene Wilkowitz said tearfully, looking at a poster containing […] → Read More

The Missing: Bronx mom worries for artist daughter with PTSD who disappeared

THE BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) — Vanessa Morris, 52, never recovered from a trauma she suffered more than 20 years ago when she witnessed a violent crime that ultimately triggered anxiety, depression and PTSD. On March 20, she left her mother’s Bronx home near Van Cortlandt Park South and didn’t come back. “Years ago, her cousin […] → Read More

Killer’s body exhumed to solve 1980 murder of woman who took last train home from Penn station

BAY SHORE, NY (PIX11) — The killer of a 20-year-old Bay Shore woman who was found beaten, bound and strangled 42 years ago this March was finally identified, thanks to a genetic genealogy website. The website led the FBI and Suffolk police detectives to DNA from the suspect’s son. Eve Wilkowitz’s murderer is now dead, […] → Read More

NJ boy died after orders to clean fentanyl stash, prosecutors say

CAMDEN, N.J. (PIX11) — A New Jersey man was charged with manslaughter this week after prosecutors alleged he forced his 12-year-old nephew to clean fentanyl paraphernalia, which caused the boy to fatally overdose. Troy Nokes, 35, was also charged with Strict Liability Drug-Induced Death and Employing a Juvenile in a Drug Distribution Scheme, along with […] → Read More

‘Oy Father’: Queens couple revives musical of unorthodox love story

LITTLE NECK, Queens (PIX11) — A married couple from Queens who think their love story was meant for Broadway is reviving the musical production they started, just before the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on their plans. “It’s been a really hard two years,” Irene Failenbogen, a Jewish cantor who started her career as an […] → Read More

Family gets disturbing messages from missing mom’s Facebook

She went dark on social media months ago. Then her family started getting warning messages on Facebook. → Read More

University refuses to cancel speech by man who killed 2 NYPD cops

The State University of New York's College at Brockport refused Thursday, March 17, to cancel an April 6 event featuring Jalil Muntaqim. Muntaqim was a former Black Panther who spent nearly 50 years in prison for executing two NYPD police officers in 1971. → Read More

Push to solve nearly two decades old murder of NYPD detective’s daughter

WALLKILL, N.Y. (PIX11) — Nineteen years ago, the battered body of 20-year-old Megan McDonald was found on a dirt path in Wallkill, Orange County. Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detective’s Endowment Association in New York City, only recently learned the cold case murder victim was the daughter of a former, NYPD investigator, Dennis McDonald. He viewed […] → Read More

Cardinal Dolan mourns mother Shirley, 93

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, mourned his mother Shirley Saturday, who died at age 93 in his native Baldwin, Missouri. “I wanted to let my spiritual family here know that earlier this morning my dear mom, Shirley Jean Radcliffe Dolan, went home to the Lord,” the Cardinal said in […] → Read More

The Missing: Dad credits news story after honor student returns safely

THE BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) — The Connecticut father of a missing honor student, who disappeared two days ago, said she turned up Monday afternoon at her mother’s Bronx home “literally after [PIX11 News’] article.” “Thank you so much,” Diosel Rodriguez said while notifying reporter Mary Murphy that his daughter was back safely with her family. […] → Read More