INWOOD — The family of a former Inwood resident who disappeared after a night out at a local club more than three weeks ago joined dozens of police officers Friday morning to search for the missing 23-year-old college student.
Anthony Ureña, a Lehman College student who lives in the Upper West Side's Douglass Houses, was last seen on Nov. 14 at about 5 a.m. near West 204th Street and 10th Avenue after leaving the nightclub Cliff at 440 W. 202nd St., police said.
More than 30 officers were dispatched on foot to help with the search Friday, distributing fliers and asking questions along West 207th Street, while the NYPD's Harbor and Aviation units combed the Harlem River shoreline, police said.
Deputy Inspector Morello of the 34th Precinct and Captain Marlon Larin of the 24th Precinct, which covers the area where Ureña lives, met with his family and group of volunteers at 201st Street and 10th Avenue. The 24th Precinct is currently in charge of the investigation.
“A lot has been done with this already,” Morello said of the investigation. “Detectives have thoroughly interviewed witnesses, viewed video footage and spoken to friends.”
Morello said Friday's search was held to bring additional awareness to the work the precincts have already done, with the assistance of volunteers and family.
“The investigation has come to that point where we need the community,” he said.
Ureña’s mother, Judith Lopez, asked for anyone with information to please step forward.
“We’ve been through this area already,” she said, “but hopefully the police is able to help with something.”
Police are asking that anyone with information regarding Ureña's disappearance contact Det. Rodolfo Bisono at 212-678-1863, or Detective Borough Manhattan North 212-477-7447.