Southold Town Police released a statement on Monday morning saying that the missing Ross School student Emily Costello and her mom Iona were found safe by NYPD officers at an “undisclosed location” in New York City at approximately 3 a.m. on Monday.
Chief Martin Flatley of the Southold Police Department said on Monday that the mother and daughter were “residing in a hotel in good condition.”
No further details were available
Authorities are searching for a Greenport teenager and ninth grade student at the Ross Upper School in East Hampton and her mother, who did not return from a late-March trip to New York City as planned.
Family members became concerned when 14-year-old Emily Costello did not show up for her first day back to school from spring break on Tuesday. She and her mother were believed to have been on a trip into New York City.
Emily’s mother, Iona, owns a horse farm in Greenport and relatives say it is unusual for her to not to be in constant communication with her farm hands. Iona’s husband and Emily’s father, George Costello, died in 2010.
“She usually keeps in touch with the people who tend the farm,” said her cousin, Jane Costello. “It was the farm help who said they hadn’t heard from her and that was odd.”
Jane Costello said that it was not unusual for Emily and her mom to take time away, but added that Emily’s absence from school was what prompted them to file a missing persons report with Southold Police.
“Her going into the city is normal behavior,” Jane Costello said of her cousin. “They frequent the city for theater and art museums. When Emily didn’t show up for school, that’s when we became concerned. She didn’t show up for the 14th and it was on the 15th that we called the police. We called the school to make sure she didn’t show up and they confirmed that she wasn’t in school.”
Detective Ken Richard of the Southold Police Department, who has been handing the case, could not be reached for comment on Friday.
According to Ms. Costello, Iona picked up her daughter at the school on Goodfriend Drive in East Hampton on March 30 and the two are believed to have gone into Manhattan because Iona’s car was found in a parking garage on 42nd street. According to the parking garage attendant, it was left there on March 30, Ms. Costello said.
Relatives have been repeatedly calling the cell phones of Emily and Iona to no avail.
“Both phones go straight to voicemail,” Jane Costello said.
Feeling helpless, Jane Costello said the family is doing all it can to cooperate with police and is trying every method at its disposal to find the mother and daughter.
“We’re doing crazy searches,” she said. “We’re doing what we can. There’s not much we can do. Who deals with this all the time? We’re reaching out. We’re doing the social media thing.”
East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said the department is cooperating with Southold law enforcement officials, but are not part of the investigation.
“We are aware of it through normal inter-agency coordination and communication, but we are not currently actively involved,” Chief Sarlo said. “Patrols will be made aware of the situation and descriptions, but as of now, we have no information indicating they would be in our jurisdiction.”
Ross School officials said they could not comment.