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Apr 11, 2011 6:27 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Missing Man With Autism Located

Apr 11, 2011 6:27 PM

At about 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, members of the North Sea Fire Department found a young man who had been missing since about 6:30 Saturday night. Jacob Goldfarb, 22, of Southampton was found at the Bentley Hotel on Hill Station Road in Shinnecock Hills. The Bentley was closed and Mr. Goldfarb was sleeping in an area that was undergoing renovation, Southampton Town Police said.

Members of the Southampton Town Police, Southampton Bay Constables, Suffolk County Police Department Aviation, New York State Police, Stony Brook University Police, MTA Police, Tribal Security from the Shinnecock Nation, Southampton Fire Department, North Sea Fire Department, Hampton Bays Fire Department, Flanders-Northampton Ambulance, and Woodland Rescue Team—more than 100 people—had been involved in the search for Mr. Goldfarb, who, Southampton Police said, was in need of medical treatment because he has autism.

They said that at about 7:40 p.m. on Saturday, a resident of the Shinnecock Hills area, where Mr. Goldfarb had last been seen on Ridge Road at about 6:30 p.m., reported a “suspicious vehicle” parked in the area. A search of the immediate vicinity by Southampton Town Police and a New York State Police canine unit turned up several articles of clothing, police said, and the search was expanded. It continued until about 5:30 a.m. on Sunday to no avail, then was resumed later Sunday morning, this time including the area west of Shinnecock Canal, east to Tuckahoe Lane, and north to Peconic Bay.

Members of the North Sea Fire Department reportedly found Mr. Goldfarb sleeping in a part of the hotel that was being renovated. He was transported to Southampton Hospital by Southampton Volunteer Ambulance workers for medical evaluation. Southampton Town Police said an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing.

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They found him a few minutes ago.
By thrillcats (4), middle island on Apr 10, 11 1:40 PM
He has been found. Thank god.
By RKJBS (14), Southampton on Apr 10, 11 1:43 PM
The Volunteers and Police did a wonderful job. They have left their lives and families behind since yesterday to search for this young man. So happy and relieved he is back with his family and safe...The Southampton Town Police did not find this young man...please give thanks where credit is due...
By local11968 (7), southampton on Apr 10, 11 3:40 PM
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"North Sea 31- we have found him" quote from the police scanner. Regardless of who first found him, he WAS located by Police.
By thrillcats (4), middle island on Apr 10, 11 3:53 PM
Yes, The first assistant Chief of the North Sea Fire Department (Billy Rosko)and his crew found him.

Give credit where credit is due!
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Apr 10, 11 4:37 PM
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I don't want to split hairs here but get it right!!!! The most important thing here is that he was located and is now safe at home with his family. The men who found him would never want to be recognized and expect no thanks, they do what they do out of honor and self pride. They know who they were and what they did.
Everyone worked together over the 2 days to make sure a local family was whole once again and everyone would do it again in a heartbeat. The Police, Fire Departments and Ambulance ...more
By MACK (50), Southampton on Apr 11, 11 11:39 AM
Agreed. It was a TEAM effort. All responders found him, in actuality. Being sent to that area was luck of the draw. I know that anyone who was involved would (and will) do it again.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Apr 11, 11 12:04 PM
I just want to say that no matter who found him, it is nice to know that in the event of a emergency as such there are volunteers and police willing to give up there night to go find a person and part of there day to locate a missing person and never giving up until he or she is found. I know that no matter how long it took, all the departments were not going to stop until we located him. thank you to the Flanders northampton ambulance woodland rescue team, southampton fire department, north sea ...more
By warrior2673 (3), southampton on Apr 10, 11 5:19 PM
So relieved he is home and safe! Been praying for him and his family since last night!
By Moira (1), Southampton on Apr 10, 11 5:22 PM
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These are the times that small community is a beautiful thing!
By local11968 (7), southampton on Apr 10, 11 6:39 PM
Great kid and great family, glad things worked out.
By maxwell (169), speonk on Apr 14, 11 1:21 PM