By Elizabeth Ladzinski
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — The 32-year-old son of a popular jazz salon hostess who was missing for over a month was finally reunited with his mother on Tuesday, much to the relief of the man's family and friends.
Marjorie Eliot, known for the weekly jazz sessions she's held in her home for the past 20 years, brought her son, Shaun Eliot, home on Tuesday from Metropolitan Hospital, where it is supposed that he was staying since he disappeared on Feb. 9.
"We're all just really freaking happy he's home," said Anina Young, a friend of the family.
Eliot, who was described by his mother as having mental illness and emotional problems, spends half his time at a transitional living facility on Wards Island.
He had last been seen leaving Marjorie's home at 55 Edgecombe Ave. on Feb. 9 at 9 a.m. — supposedly to take the M101 bus at Amsterdam Avenue and West 160th Street to Wards Island — but he never made it there.
It wasn't until Eliot told hospital workers at Metropolitan his full name and mother's phone number on Monday night that he was able to go home.
While friends and family are glad that Eliot is home, questions still remain on how he ended up at the hospital at 99th Street, and why he supposedly spent over a month there, uninjured, without being identified.
"Why didn't they call her right away?" Young said, of the hospital, which didn't contact Marjorie until the morning after obtaining her contact information.
"Even if it was in the middle of the night, I'd want a call!" Young said.