The family of Jasmine Joseph has intensified its search for the nursing student, following the emergence of new details in the Long Island woman’s disappearance.
The last time family or friends saw the 22-year-old New York Institute of Technology
student was on Feb 24. Her mother spoke to Jasmine by phone that afternoon, with Jasmine telling her that she was at the library on the NYIT campus. Since Jasmine has still been living at home, and they saw her regularly, her parents believed she had been attending her NYIT courses. But following her disappearance, a major secret was revealed regarding their daughter’s status at the school.
To provide you the latest updates in this case, we’ve gathered six important facts to know about Jasmine Joseph’s disappearance.
1. She Was No Longer Taking Classes At New York Institute Of Technology
Sony and Lovely Joseph had paid for their daughter to enroll for the fall semester at the school and were under the impression that she was attending classes. According to PIX11, Jasmine charged their American Express card $6,072 for the fall semester. But after the parents reported her missing, investigators discovered she had not attended a single class at NYIT during the fall.
2. Jasmine’s Parents Last Spoke To Her On Feb. 24
When they spoke with her at 5:17 p.m. that day, Jasmine's parents say she told them she had been studying in the library on the Old Westbury campus and would return home in an hour. She never arrived home and calls to her went straight to her voicemail. Her parents traveled to the campus that same night to search the grounds. But they couldn’t locate Jasmine or her silver 2012 Nissan Altima.
3. Her Parents Never Saw Her Fall Semester Grades
When her dad requested to see her Fall Semester 2013 grades, Jasmine told him that she was having difficulty pulling them up on the computer. Shortly after that incident, her parents left her at home while they traveled to India. She was given their credit card to pay for her spring semester of courses, but she didn’t charge the card. “This time, we never see her report card. But last spring, the other semesters, she was a straight-A student,” her mother told PIX11.
4. Her Parents Didn't Consider Any Of Her Actions Suspicious
"I couldn't find anything unusual from her. She's a normal child. She goes with the family," her mother, Lovely, told Newsday. Lovely is a registered nurse with the North Shore-LIJ Health System and believed her daughter would following her career path. Her father, Sony, added that his daughter “was always happy” and that the family is “very upset” over her disappearance. Sony is an electronics technician with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Lovely also told PIX11 that Jasmine told her she was doing online reading when her mother asked her why she wasn’t bringing home any textbooks.
5. New York Institute of Technology Has Spoken Out On The Case
NYIT spokeswoman Elaine Iandoli released the following statement regarding Jasmine’s case:
"Many students and staff members are actively helping to spread the word and share photos, in the hopes that the public will recognize this young woman and contact her family or the authorities," NYIT said in a statement. "The young woman has not been a student enrolled at NYIT since May 2013; as such, we are unable to provide any current information. Our thoughts are with her loved ones. Due to FERPA regulations, we cannot provide additional information on the former student."
6. Police Currently Don’t Suspect Criminal Activity In The Disappearance,
Nassau County police's Missing Persons Squad issued a release Feb. 28 asking for the public's help in finding Jasmine. Currently, investigators say they don’t believe any criminal activity has been involved in her disappearance. Her family has also started a Facebook page to assist in locating Jasmine. A $5,000 reward is being offered in the case; anyone with information can call (516) 573-7347.