Alexandria and Freddy Fune: Long Island suicidal teen cousins go missing in NYC
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Police are asking for the public's help finding teen cousins from Long Island who is missing and may be suicidal and in imminent danger.
Family members of Freddy Turcios-Funes, 16, and Alexandra Baca-Funes, 13 reported the two missing after they were not in their bedrooms on Tuesday morning, September 21. The two are believed to be together and both have expressed suicidal thoughts. Freddy, of Deer Park is described by police as Hispanic, 5'10", 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a dark jacket and carrying a black backpack. Alexandra, of Bay Shore is described by police as Hispanic, 5', 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The pair may have traveled to Manhattan by train.
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On Tuesday, September 21, the teenage cousins were reported missing after their families found out that they were not in their bedrooms, police said. According to a New YorkPost story, "Turcios-Funes was last seen on the Carlls Path in Deer Park around 11:40 p.m. Monday when he was spotted riding an orange and white bicycle, police said. He was wearing a dark-colored jacket and a black backpack." It is reported that say Alexandra Funes had been seen on foot 40 minutes earlier walking on Bay Shore Avenue in Bay Shore. There is a possibility that the two Hispanic cousins might have taken a train to Manhattan, New York City.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, NCIC, "In the United States, an estimated 460,000 children are reported missing every year." According to NCMEC, : up to 91% of stats on missing children could be attributed to endangered runaways. This figure is based on the 29,000 cases reported to the organization. Most of these runaways are between 15-17 years old." "As per a study funded by the US Department of Justice in 2002, 797,500 children were reported missing across the country. The study itself analyzed data from 1999 with a range of sources, from police missing kids reports to interviews with parents and children. Since there were 72 million under-18s in the US during that period, this amount to 1 child missing every 90 seconds."
Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Suffolk County Police at 631-854-8300.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis, call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.