Family of Missing Teen Asks for Help with Search Along Mohawk River
A week-long search party has been planned by the family of a teen from the Capital Region who has been missing for months.
Schenectady teenager Samantha Humphrey left home on Black Friday, November 25th at around 11 pm and she hasn't been seen since. It's been months, and so far little has turned up in the search for clues, let alone a body.
A few weeks ago, a news outlet in the Capital Region reported that someone claimed to see a body floating in the Mohawk River about 14 miles from where Humphrey was last seen alive.
The report from News Channel 13 explained that "police cars from various agencies are at Blatnick Park in Niskayuna after an employee at nearby Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory reportedly saw what they thought was a body floating down the Mohawk River.
Just hours after the report, Samantha's mom, Jaclyn Humphrey, posted a message on her Facebook page hoping to clear the air about what she categorized as "false rumors" about the alleged discovery.
A frustrated Humphrey, who claims her daughter left home that evening seeking an abusive ex-boyfriend, wrote on her page that "family members were led to believe that (Samantha) WAS found due to rumors which you can imagine how this has made us feel. Just keep hoping that she will be found so we can start laying this nightmare to rest, finding justice for her."
Humphrey wrote that while she was appreciative of the support, she hoped that people might back off speculation until the search was complete.
"We have no confirmation that this was Sam or even any actual person so far in the water. It would also still be unlikely at this point that she would be floating due to the frigid water temps still but not impossible" she added.
Since the rumors about the floating body appeared on News Channel 13, there's been no additional information, and as far as we know, the body wasn't recovered leading to even more frustration for her family.
And now, they seem to be taking matters into their own hands arranging an upcoming search for the young girl who hasn't been since seen Black Friday with a week-long search beginning at 9 am on April 10th and going until 7 pm on April 14th.
"The search has been scheduled for a week some of her family will be in the area. There are no designated times arranged, so please choose what works for you. Please share the date and time you will be searching so others can join you." Facebook Search Event for Samantha Humphrey
This search will have multiple locations to choose and for now, a few dozen have agreed to join the search at these locations:
- Crescent Park in Halfmoon
- Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Park
- Mohawk Landing Nature Preserve
- Riverview Road between Crescent Bridge and Rexford Bridge
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