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Pierce Crowley, Missing Rye Teen, Found Safe

Authorities found Crowley, a runaway, in New York City

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY -- Pierce Crowley, , has been found safe overnight, according to police and Dan Schorr, a private investigator hired by the Crowley family.

"He was found unharmed," said White Plains police lieutenant Eric Fischer. "It was a missing persons case."

Crowley, 15, was found by police in Washington Heights Thursday around 12:30 a.m. 

"We're thrilled he's back with the family that loves him so much," Schorr said Thursday morning. Schorr is an associate managing director with Kroll, an investigations firm.

"White Plains Police led the investigation and did a phenomenal job," Schorr added, noting he worked in tandem with officers but was not there when Crowley was located.

"It's absolutely good news," said Peggy Dunne, a family-friend of the Crowleys who, earlier this week, warned concerned readers to .

Dunne also mentioned a YouTube video created by the family that urges Crowley to return home. The four-minute short includes photographs and messages from family members.

"My heart is broken," his father, Peter, writes in the video. "I am physically hurting from missing you so much. I need to have you back in my life."

Patch is awaiting a call back from Peter Crowley and Gretchen Crowley, Pierce's mother.

(Read what residents are saying , and what professionals have to say about the overwhelming volunteer search effort .)

The freshman was seen last with a friend in White Plains Friday. He was enrolled in a program at a White Plains Hospital, and left from the campus. Police said Crowley departed with another boy, took a taxi to the White Plains railroad station, and headed to New York City.

A massive search effort kicked off soon after his disappearance, including a social media blitz that ; Keith Olbermann, Kim Kardashian and others tweeted fans to keep their eyes open.

A Facebook campaign was underway, as well. The page "Find Pierce Crowley" accumulated thousands of likes, and countless comments, in a matter of days.

Ross Revira June 03, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I totally agree.
Joanne Cottini June 03, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Sometimes comments can be very educational and enlightening. At other times clear that ones making comments are clueless. The search for the Crowley boy had everything to do with a search for a sick young man. The odds are that this poor child was probably treated with the acceptable revolving door, when it comes to the treatment of those who suffer from mental health issues. For those who are not familiar with mental illness the system is so flawed that those who suffer become victims of the illness. Their minds are kidnapped from their body. Those of us who know the illness and the system understand the agony and fear the family felt, while their loved one was missing. No one has the right to make off the cuff remarks about any aspect of this event, without understanding the illness. Those who suffer from mental health issues deserve to be treated aggressively, adequately and appropriately and that is not the case. Until the system is fixed we will continue to watch those who suffer from this invisible, ugly and deadly disease victimized over and over again until they end up not able to function and ultimately lifeless cause they went through the acceptable revolving treatment door one time too many.
Grace June 07, 2012 at 04:52 AM
I am a single mom and far from rich......but a parent is a parent and Color, money, religion, etc. doesn't change how a parent feels if their child is missing and no matter what the reason is. I'm so tired of that race card getting pulled out all the time. We have a black president for Gods sake...is seems there are so many haters who like to talk and not do but the bottom line is this boy's family and friends went on FB and posted flyers and didn't get paid for it.
JOHN DEMPSEY JR. June 07, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I THINK MATT HAS A POINT ABOUT WHY TEENS FROM THE SUBURBS GO TO WASHINGTON HEIGHTS BUT WE SHOULD NOT DRAW THE CONCLUSION THAT HE WAS JUST THERE TO PARTY! JUDGE NOT LEST YE BE JUDGED !!! LETS JUST BE GRATEFUL THAT THE YOUNG MAN WAS LOCATED AND WILL GET THE APPROPRIATE TREATMENT. HE IS NOT A CRIMINAL AND SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS ONE !!
CHRISTINE June 09, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Some of these comments are making my skin crawl. Does a rich child not deserve to be found? Is that what you are implying? Did it happen to fast? Should the family have been made to suffer a few extra weeks so as to not give the impression that money talks and thats how he was found so fast....utterly absurd! This is no time to talk about class warfare, we are talking about a young man who was in crisis, you don't have to look far to look too deep to recognize that this young man has mental issues and likely a drug problem. I would pray for ANY child having a difficult time and feeling like there is no esape but to run away. I am thrilled he was found as I can imagine no greater horror for a parent than their child missing. I hope now those same reources will allow him to get the help he needs, obviously. Lets look at it for what it is and not try to overthink this or discount the situation due to his 'alleged" status or wealth, he was kid in trouble who needs help. He was lost and now found and we should all spend our efforts in hoping he gets the help he needs. PERIOD.

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