A missing Brooklyn woman has been found, weeks after disappearing from her Greenpoint neighborhood.
Dana Lauren Bonanno, 33, was last seen July 22 leaving her apartment on Freeman Street. According to CBS New York, she sent her mother a text message around 11 that night which read, “I’m scared.” When Bonanno never responded to numerous texts or phone calls, her mother contacted the police.
Bonanno was officially declared missing on July 27.
Fearing the worst, friends and family launched a campaign to raise awareness about the case. Fliers were posted throughout the city and a Facebook page was set up to share information. Additionally, a crowdfunding campaign was initiated, with a goal of raising $10,000 to offer as a reward for information about her whereabouts.
According to LoHud, the search ended Tuesday as Bonanno was found alive at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, where she had been staying since the day of her disappearance. NYPD Sgt. Lee Jones indicated that Bonanno was in safe and in good condition. Police haven’t revealed how or why Bonanno was hospitalized.
Bonanno’s mother, Donna O’Connor, had previously told reporters that her daughter had a history of anxiety, which likely became worse after she was laid off from her job as a paralegal at A&E Television Networks a few months ago.
As LoHud reports, Bonanno had sent her mother a series of strange texts in the days leading up to her disappearance, including one asking her to call 911. She also said she believed her roommates were looking through her belongings and talking about her.
On Wednesday, O’Connor released a statement: “To all Dana’s friends and to the press: Dana came home yesterday. The outpouring of love and best wishes has been overwhelming. We understand that everyone wants a confirmation that she is well and wish that at this time everyone respect her privacy and ours.”
Regardless of the circumstances, friends and family are relieved at Bonanno's safe return. “I was just happy to find out that she was found,” her friend Michael Annunziata told LoHud.