ALPHABET CITY: NEW AREA TO SEARCH

Posted: September 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Updates on our search efforts:

The numerous private investigators that were interviewed said that the amount of money we have would get us 2 to 3 sets of 8 hour sessions which would include any paperwork, telephone conversations, searches and interviewing time spent on the case. When asked where they would start and what steps they would follow, all of them indicated that they would be repeating the many things that have already been done by Vivian,  Stevie’s mother. These include speaking with Stevie’s family, friends, and those who’ve last seen her. They’d visit places she was known to frequent and follow any leads we have to give them in an attempt to track her moves – these steps have already been taken by Vivian, with some agency assistance.

When the private investigators were asked about getting video footage of 8th Ave near Port Authority and the subways surrounding that area, we were informed that they do not have access to any city agency’s video footage as only the agencies would have that.  After Vivian’s extensive pursuit to see NYPD’s and Transit’s video footage, she was informed that they are written over after thirty days.

In light of this lack of new ideas or capabilities due to their rates, we have chosen not to hire a PI at this time, and to use donation monies to increase our reward offer.

At this point, the best thing we can do is just as we’ve been trying to do all along… get her face and story out to the masses. We need to continue to try and get her on TV, in the newspapers, on the radio, over the internet – on news sites, missing persons sites and the social media sites, as well as continuing to post flyers every and any where. We can’t let the fact that she is still missing fade out.  We have received a couple tips that lead us to believe she may be around the Alphabet City area, though nothing concrete has surfaced.  Still, this is another area (in addition to those cited here in earlier posts) to be vigilant.  As always – we hope for a photograph to prove a sighting of our Stevie.

Vivian has made several calls to a number of TV news stations. They don’t seem to be interested in airing Stevie’s picture and story.

Vivian did an interview with a news reporter from Westchester Journal News in an attempt to get more attention. It was released on August 19th, and you can read it here. We will also be interviewing with a production company affiliated with the Black and Missing Foundation. They will be telling her story on the TV One show, “Find Our Missing”, when the new season starts.  We are hoping that these efforts will spark some public interest and give us new leads to where Stevie is.

Updates on Search Efforts

Posted: June 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

Stevie’s mom, Vivian, reports on her recent efforts:

“I’ve gone to Bellvue and Beth Israel in Manhattan, Kings County, Wykoff and Woodhull in Brooklyn, Jacobi, Bronx Lebanon, Lincoln, Montefiore and North Central in the Bronx. The hospital police have agreed to post flyers in the office, ERs, and some wards. Admissions in all have checked using her name, DOB, social, unknown and looked at admittance of females around her age and description in last 6 weeks, nothing.

My colleagues gave out over 1500 flyers near Times Square and the Port Authority area last Friday. Some have taken flyers into their neighborhoods. I have given flyers to fast food restaurants (asking that they display them in their staff lounges) in heavily populated areas on the eastside of Manhattan like 14th St, 23rd st, 54th st and 86th st.

I am looking into a private investigator. Would prefer someone who comes highly recommended with references, experience and the ability to obtain video surveillance that will enable us to follow her trail from 41st and 8th at 8:53am and beyond. Because PIs are so expensive and priced for a specific number of hours, we have to be careful to ask them to obtain specific and relevant info.

I’d like to start looking into locations where free food is being handed out and those Churches which provide no questions asked nightly shelter to the homeless. I will also start working on the westside of manhattan.

People who are willing and able can circulate flyers into fast food restaurants and request that they put them in their staff lounges, as well as asking gas attendants and supermarket managers to display them in their facilities. This can be done in their own neighborhoods, visiting neighborhoods and high traffic areas.

We are very close to $2000 now. Recommendations for PI are needed.”

We have confirmed that Stevie is not in the system of any shelters in NYC.  Because Stevie has worked for NYCDOE as an after school tutor,  NY State has her fingerprints on file.  This means that if she comes in contact with the police or God forbid she turned up deceased the police and the medical examiners would be able to identify her and we have not gotten any notification of such.
So our priority is to focus on the the hospitals.  PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! If you are able to, check the hospitals and follow the steps below.
 If you are able you can print out some flyers and pass them out to the stores, gas stations, in the subways and railroads in your neighborhood.
 
Also if you are able, can you go into the hospitals (including the psych wards), show her picture and ask them to check all records to see if they have her or any female unknowns in their facility. With the hospital’s it’s important to ask to speak with the Psych department head or Administration heads and ask them to visually search using her picture, particularly in the psych wards, showing the picture to the staff. Also, ask that they put her picture up on bulletin boards in all the psych wards and the administration boards, where staff can see it because if she has had some sort of mental breakdown she could be in under a different name.  We are aware of the HIPPA laws, but are hoping that if our search team is physically in the hospitals with the flyers, that staff might be willing to post the flyers, especially when they hear that the missing persons report has been filed with the police.  Also, hospitals can still say whether or not they have a patient in by her name, or unknowns who match her age and gender. 
 
 Please send the names of the places you have checked to vab311@aol.com or maybe you can upload or post it on the web site www.findsteviebates.com so that we do not duplicate our search.
  

Thanks so much for your time and support.  I appreciate every, and anything you can do to help.  If you know of anyone else who would be willing to visit hospitals please pass the information on.

Most Recent Flyer…

Posted: June 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

My name is Vivian Bates and my 19 year old daughter, Stevie Bates is missing. I am hoping and praying that you can assist me in my quest to locate my daughter. I last spoke with her on April 27th at 7:52pm. She has not been heard from since or seen since April 28, 2012 at 8:51a.m. With the assistance of Yonkers detectives I was able to view video surveillance footage at NY Port Authority station which showed my daughter coming up the escalator from Port Authority terminal on April 28, 2012 at 8:51a.m.
After several attempts of trying to file a missing persons report with NYC Police and Port Authority Police I was constantly told I had to file the report where I currently reside (Yonkers), even though Stevie had not yet moved to Yonkers. I filed the missing persons report with Yonkers Police. However, Stevie’s last known address was in Brooklyn where she was staying with her older sister while we completed renovations on our new home in Yonkers. After speaking with NYC Police and finding out that Stevie is not coming up in NYC’s data base as a missing person I recently (May 25, 2012) re-filed a report with the 77th precinct in Brooklyn because Stevie’s was last seen via video footage at NY Port Authority and the fact that her last known residence was Brooklyn.
Stevie, who is a Bronx High School of Science Graduate, A National Achievement Scholar and a student of CUNY Hunter College, was previously involved in the current social movement and protest “Occupy Wall Street” from October through November of 2011. During her involvement in that movement Stevie was always in constant communication with me daily. I have had limited success with witnesses claiming to have seen Stevie and the police are not very proactive because 1) Stevie is 19 and  2) She is not being treated as a NYC resident. I have been searching tirelessly and endlessly for my daughter, and I will continue for the rest of my days until she is found. However, I can’t do it alone due to my limited resources and finances. I have serviced the NYC Public school system as a teacher for the last 19 years. It is my desire to find my daughter and I am requesting the help of the city she was born and raised in.
My family and I have created and posted fliers that are being circulated via face book, and shown in locations where she was known to frequent. We have added a cash reward of $1500.00 (one thousand five hundred dollars) to the flyer.
I am so desperate and afraid that my daughter’s case will become inactive the longer she goes missing. I find it impossible to eat, to sleep, to carry out functions that are normal to any human being.
I am not asking you, I am begging you, I am pleading with you to assist me with this desperate search for my daughter. Yes she is nineteen years old and she is my daughter.
Any assistance you can provide in the search for my daughter Stevie Bates is greatly appreciated. If you need more information please contact me immediately.
Thank you so much.

Sincerely,
Vivian Bates

646-345-3410

vab311@aol.com

Funds will go towards hiring a Private Investigator, as well as towards a reward.  Donations will also help towards the cost of printing flyers, posters, as well as any other costs incurred from search efforts.

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