Aunisty Elliott, a 14-year-old Crown Heights native, was found Thursday after she went missing for more than eight days, local elected officials announced.
Elliott had been missing from her home since July 27. Councilmember Crystal Hudson shared the news on social media after community groups and neighbors canvassed on Wednesday evening looking for the teen.
#AunistyElliott has been found and is safe!!! THANK YOU to everyone who helped spread the word—it was through our collective outreach and media coverage that we were able to garner enough attention that she was recognized. THANK YOU NEW YORK!!! 🙏🏽 #ProtectBlackGirls pic.twitter.com/1ZGqP0Fpd9
— Council Member Crystal Hudson (@CMCrystalHudson) August 4, 2022
“The missing has been located and is safe,” a police source confirmed on Aug. 4 in an email to Brooklyn Paper.
Hudson, who represents Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, credited the community canvas for helping to bring Elliot home.
“THANK YOU to everyone who helped spread the word—it was through our collective outreach and media coverage that we were able to garner enough attention that she was recognized,” Hudson tweeted. “THANK YOU NEW YORK!!!”
Elliot — who also goes by “Aunee” — was reportedly recognized from her picture in posters that her family and neighbors had widely distributed on previous days. The teen was last seen at her Prospect Place home and was on her way to her grandmother’s house a few blocks away when she went missing, her family said.
It is not yet known where the teen was over the course of week-plus she was missing.