Cinthia Olea-Garcia **  Staten Island, NY  * 2011

Cinthia Olea-Garcia

Missing - February 18, 2011
Staten Island, New York

Age - 14
Height - 5'4"
Hair - Brunette

Clothing - Jeans, beige sweater, Michael Jordan Sneakers

disappeared somewhere between New Dorp High School and her tidy Midland Beach cottage. Cinthia’s cell phone, which her mother has dialed obsessively for 17 days straight, has been turned off since Feb. 20.

Contact - New York City Police Dept.


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Comment by Brenda on September 12, 2011 at 10:36pm
Comment by Brenda on September 12, 2011 at 10:35pm
A 14-year-old Staten Island girl vanishes, and mystery deepens
Published: Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 8:02 AM
By Deborah E. Young

Inexplicable absence of 14-year-old Cinthia Olea has mom at her wit's end.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- In the two and a half excruciating weeks since her 14-year-old daughter disappeared somewhere between New Dorp High School and her tidy Midland Beach cottage, Florencia Olea gets breathless every time the phone rings — answering in a high-pitched voice perched somewhere between hope and fear.

"I feel like the world is falling down around me," said Ms. Olea, a single mother and housecleaner who said she has worked feverishly to support her daughters on her salary and raise them right. "I’m thinking so many things; I don’t even know what to think."

Cinthia was supposed to arrive home at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, as she did every single day, so she could pick up her 11-year-old sister at the bus stop.

After the first 30 hours of her mysterious vanishing, the petite, 5-foot-4 inch brunette, who was wearing jeans, a beige sweater and Michael Jordan sneakers, called her mother and told her not to worry.

"Her voice did not sound okay; she said she had to go, like somebody was forcing her, then the line was cut," said Ms. Olea, who has since posted more than 1,000 fliers with her daughter’s picture across the borough, and has beseeched police, family, neighbors and friends to help her in the search.

Cinthia’s cell phone, which her mother has dialed obsessively for 17 days straight, has been turned off since Feb. 20.

And as she wrestles with her worst fears, Ms. Olea is trying to reconcile the daughter she thought she knew — a gentle and affectionate young woman who went with her to church every Sunday and was planning a grand celebration of her 15th birthday in May — with the portrait police sketch of a girl who left home of her own free will.

"We’re actively looking for her," said Detective Joseph Cavitolo, a spokesman for the New York Police Department, adding that police were able to speak with Cinthia the Saturday and Sunday after her disappearance, and believe she may be in the Port Richmond area. Her teachers have been contacted, friends interviewed and other surveillance put into motion.

"She doesn’t want to go home for whatever reason," he said. "Regardless of whether she’s a runaway or a missing person, she still is 14 and we have to locate her and bring her home."

Now Ms. Olea is replaying in her mind signs that her daughter — a quiet girl excited about her quincineara, the symbolic celebration of fledgling womanhood — might have inched, on her own, into a mature, and unsafe world.

There were the calls from teachers saying the solid freshman had started to skip class. And the bruise on her nose she came home with three weeks ago.

"’Mami,’ she said, ‘I was playing kickball. Don’t you believe me?’," recalled Ms. Olea, about the conversation.

But her motherly intuition told her otherwise. "I told her to be careful because there are people out there on the street who aren’t good and can hurt you."

Add to that the world of social media and cell phone chat, with friends speculating on Cinthia’s Facebook and MySpace account. A text message sent to a friend may or may not have been typed by the young teen’s own fingers.

"The action is different than the Cinthia I know; she is a sweet girl," said the Rev. D. Michael Flynn, S.J., pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption R.C. Church, Port Richmond. "She is friendly and quiet — always a pleasant smile and generous. Her mother is baffled thinking about it. It makes her cry. Sometimes she has hope; sometimes she doesn’t. Nobody understands this length of time."

He mused, "There is this possible private life, where running away
Comment by Brenda on June 30, 2011 at 8:56am


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