Community plans Aug. 3 search for Aunisty Elliott, Crown Heights teen missing since last week

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Aunisty Elliott, a 14-year-old Crown Heights native, was found safe on Thursday Aug. 4, according to the NYPD.
Photo courtesy of Deon Elliott

Aunisty Elliott, a 14-year-old Crown Heights native, has been missing from her home since July 27, and community groups and neighbors are preparing for a community canvass on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Elliot was last seen at her Prospect Place home on the morning of July 27, according to police. The 5’5″ teen has brown eyes, brown hair with purple highlights, and was wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt with yellow lettering reading “The Fresh Senior MYS 2022” when she went missing. She was on her way to her grandmother’s house a few blocks away, her family said.

Elliott’s family, neighbors and New York City Councilmember Crystal Hudson are holding a community search for Elliott at 8pm on Wednesday, Aug. 3. All are welcome to join, and the group is meeting at Success Academy Prospect Heights, 801 Park Place between Rogers and Nostrand avenues.

Her father, Deon Elliott, told Brooklyn Paper he is asking people to share the picture of Aunisty, also called “Aunee,” through social media, and asks anyone who might see her to call 911. The family has received very little information from the police, Deon said, who have taken possession of the teenager’s laptop and subpoenaed her social media accounts as part of the investigation.

The New York City Police Department told NBC News they have interviewed Elliott’s friends, used social media facial recognition technology, checked local hospitals and searched for video surveillance footage of the teen as they try to find her. NYPD confirmed there were no updates as of Wednesday afternoon.

“I learned about the case today,” Hudson said at a press conference on the steps of the Brooklyn Library Central Branch on the evening of Aug. 2, standing next to the Elliott family. “My office learned about it today, and she’s been gone for seven days. That is shameful. This city should be knocking on every door and turning over every stone.”

Neighbors and community members have hung missing posters with Elliott’s photo and contact information in the days since her disappearance.

Elliott did not have a cell phone on her when she left the house, her mother, Rachel Caines Elliot said, and was upset because her parents had taken her computer away — but disappearing into thin air is completely out of character for her daughter.

“She’s never done anything like this before,” Rachel said.

If you see Aunisty or have any information on her whereabouts, call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA, or submit a tip online.

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