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.

Steve Mochel June 01, 2012 at 02:00 AM
A big thank you to all of the kids who are Pierce's age or close to Pierce's age who took to Facebook, Twitter and the streets to spread the word. This isn't about rich/poor, or black/white, this is about community. And it was primarily led by Pierce's peers - whether they knew him or not. Regardless of why he ran. He was a kid who needed help. And if anyone ever encounters what the Crowley family encountered, remember there's a community out there to help you too. All you have to do is ask and we'll be here for you too.
Matt Foley June 01, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Bottom line is....there is a BIG difference between a true Missing Child and this runaway brat looking for a good time in Washington Heights. The affluent parents, probably affected by their guilt and thinking that it was all their fault, pulled some strings and turned this into a media circus. The problem is that the true Missing Children don't get this kind of attention, this kind of media blitz, this kind of volunteer effort. Enough with the rich getting all the perks. Its time that we put our attention to those that really need to be helped, not a spoiled suburban miscreant out looking for his next good time. He'll get his help on his own, let's help those who really need our efforts.
Lynn S. McGuinn June 01, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Regardless of perception v. reality in this case, it is not any of our places to judge the why's here. Apparently there are those who feel they are entitled to do so - this is a voice void of volunteerism, compassion and empathy. A sad statement for some in this forum.
Cxh June 01, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Pierce Crowley has depression and mental issues. He was NOT looking for a "good time". He had NO money, and NO CELLPHONE. He was, as it says, in a very fragile state and was confused and scared.
A Patcher June 01, 2012 at 08:53 AM
Thank you Cxh, for clarifying the circumstances. Not that it was necessary for most readers, but possibly to quiet some of the overly judgemental people. Most of us are thankful for God's grace and blessings that Pierce was found safe and sound.
Nancy June 01, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I believe social media being used for the good of children is always a good thing. I can think of a number of other missing children messages on my facebook in Westchester and Rockland. In regards to health -- My Cousin's grand daughter 5 years old discovered last May that she had Brain Cancer and she passed before the fall. Social media has been used to spread the word about childhood Brain Cancer and now to support the foundation in her name "Get well Gabby". Be open to the positive aspects of all forms of communication. Happily a child is safe this morning - what ever the reason for the disappearance has not been shared and all the speculation and insults due to their wealth or not and that the child was return by force --- is really just cruel
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Please notify Patch of a child who goes missing in any community covered by Patch so we can help get the word out.
David Venditti June 01, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Don, I couldn't agree with you more. I am disheartened by what comes off as class warfare rather than rejoicing the safe return of a missing teenager, missing voluntarily or not, dangers faced him. It is all too often that there is a tragic ending to such a situation. My youngest, younger than Pierce, texted from school that they were overjoyed he was found safe. She didn't know him, or his economic status, but all her friends were emotionally invested in this. I am sure that the ability to hire a PI was instrumental, and not all can do that. But we should celebrate that opportunity to save even one kid. As for those less fortunate, I believe that all care just as much. Much lies on family and friends, In this age of social media, newsworthy attention can be garnered even with little assets, as long as there is the focus and the energy, and we should all help wherever we can.
Brenda Vaccaro June 01, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Coldwell Banker got their PLUG in ...
Don Sutherland June 01, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Mr. Foley's latest comment is deplorable. A child is not "missing" only if his/her family meet whatever arbitrary criteria Mr. Foley has in mind. A child is missing, because his/her parents do not know where he/she is. Every good parent, regardless of socioeconomic status, would do everything he or she could do to find his or her missing child. Putting one's child ahead of all other considerations in such circumstances is not a function of affluence-driven guilt as Mr. Foley's crude and wholly unnecessary "psychological" assessment would suggest. Finally, the digitally-connected 21st century has given parents a powerful means for helping find missing children, among many other things, that had not been available to parents even a decade ago. It costs nothing to tweet one's friends or post a status on Facebook. It costs nothing when concerned people retweet the messages and the appeal goes viral. Although Mr. Foley's message aims to divide, the far more numerous expressions of concern, compassion, and finally joy with Pierce Crowley's being found safe, demonstrate that a sense of community lives on. That is a positive and hopeful message.
Chris Clement June 01, 2012 at 02:28 PM
@Matt Foley: though posts are merely personal opinions of the writer, I found your post to be deplorable and unacceptable. The nerve of you to label this young man a "brat" when you don't probably don't even know him or his family! And so what if his family is "affluent". They did all they could to get their son safely back home. In this day and age persons of any financial background (even the poorest) can get attention on the Internet if they wish to. All it takes is some sense of what's out there and use it to their best advantage. @Matt Foley, your opinion, in my opinion, is despicable.
Lauren Pennington Reaves June 02, 2012 at 02:30 PM
What people just need to accept is that the wealthy have the connections and resources to be able to do things like this. Regular people do not. It may seem unfair but it us what if is do sorry. Go join an occupy wall street protest or something if you want to try to change it.
mary verni June 02, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Superb comment. No one should judge this situation without knowing all the facts. The family gave the facts to those who needed them most such as the police, private detective and probably his school. All I know as someone who lost a beloved son years ago, I am thrilled a beautiful son is back home. I don't need all the gossip which is none of my business.
Heron June 02, 2012 at 05:03 PM
If the parents had been more explicit from the outset, it could have resulted in terrible humiliation for the child, to say nothing of his loss of privacy. It's probably embarrassing enough as it is. And obviously they were able to find him without saying too much. They didn't owe the public an explanation.
John Gromada June 02, 2012 at 05:12 PM
All you people who think that income inequality is unfair should do something about it by supporting policies and politicians that would help level the playing field. But complaining about it by criticizing a family who was trying to get their missing son back misses the point and is wasted energy.
Ross Revira June 02, 2012 at 06:15 PM
John how about this: "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs." unfortunately that never worked in the socialist utopia of the Soviet Union. No policy or politician can ever make income equal. Most wealthy and successful people today can attribute their success to getting a better education and working harder and longer than the average person. Having a superior intelligence makes the job a lot easier. If you look at the list of this country's wealthiest people most are not trust fund babies. Most started out as middle class children with a desire to succeed greater than the rest.
Nummy June 02, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Runaway John not missing! "wasted energy" is looking for a runaway and not looking for a truly missing person.
John Gromada June 02, 2012 at 11:28 PM
"from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs." - yes that is the goal. This is not the forum to debate socialism, but where it does work in other countries there are not the huge income gaps found in this country. How do you think "this country's wealthiest people" get that education that helps them succeed? They pay for it. In this country, the more money you have, the better education you can get. And I'm pretty sure that millions would laugh (or cry) at your contention that anyone who works hard and long can find financial success. The deck is increasingly stacked against the middle and lower classes in this country and things are just getting worse.
10538 Resident June 02, 2012 at 11:48 PM
John G. - I resent that. I came from a lower middle class family. Paid for college myself by saving money, working and with student loans. I worked HARD to get where I am now, pay off student loans and was not given any handouts. My husband's education was paid for by his parents, but he works from 7 am -10 pm every day and usually weekends. Sure would be nice to have him home at 5 pm, but he wants to do well so that we can give our children opportunities and living out here is expensive. We are very fortunate for what we have and also give back significantly to non-profits. There are obviously people who had more advantages then others, but you cannot generalize and make assumptions about the "1%".
Ross Revira June 03, 2012 at 12:15 AM
John I feel sorry for you. With your perception of the world you have no chance of success. Where is Dr. Kervorkian when you need him?
LINDA LOVELACE June 03, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Sick-n-Tired June 03, 2012 at 04:28 AM
What perk? A community banded together to help search for a missing kid. Money has nothing to do with it. All this class envy in this chat thread is disgusting. I even saw some idiot post a webpage with the kids father's online resume. Get over it for crying out loud. If you think missing children do not get the attention needed then why don't you take the lead and show us how it's done. Start your own blog and get the word out. Don't complain about a whole community reading a community blog trying to help each other.
Bob Zahm June 03, 2012 at 05:07 AM
@nummy - wasted energ is saying that a runaway is worth less than a "truly missing person". I hope you never personally experience either as you clearly have a problem understanding that regardless of the reason someone is missing, they hopefully have friends / family who love them enough to look for them.
jeff meyer June 03, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Some of the posts relating to this article are not only mean spirited but they are bordering on the bizarre. To judge and attack a 15 year old teen in such a manner is shameful. I am sure that many of us did things as teens that we now regret. It appears that some bloggers are actually disappointed that Pierce was located, as hard as that is to believe. Kudos to the PATCH. I am sure that they would apply the same coverage to any missing teen or child if asked. To those who bash this teen and the attention this issue received I am sure that you know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY
Aidan June 03, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Well said. This is a family tragedy. He's home ... safely. All that's left to do is offer a prayer that theirsituation resolves itself in a sweet fashion.
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
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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