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Long Island, NY - Desperate Search Continues For Missing Great Neck Man

Published on: October 6, 2010 06:13 PM
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Great Neck, NY - On Long Island police are asking for help in locating a man in his sixties who left his home earlier this week and hasn’t been heard from since. As CBS 2′s John Slattery reports, one clue put the man’s last whereabouts in Riverhead, far from where he lives.

Susan Mayer says she hasn’t slept in two days, wondering what happened to her husband, reports CBS 2′s John Slattery.

“It’s a nightmare. I mean people don’t just disappear,” Mayer said. “This is TV stuff. People just don’t disappear into thin air.”

That’s what happened to her husband, 65-year-old Steven Mayer, a businessman who left his home in Great Neck Monday morning, leaving the front door open. He spoke to his office in Huntington to say he was on his way in, and mentioned he was on the LIE, a route he seldom took.

“We know that his last contact when reaching out was from Riverhead, based on triangulation of cell towers,” State Senator Craig Johnson told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.


“He didn’t get off the highway, he shot past his office for some reason, something is happening,” Mayer said.

Mayer says police were able to trace Steven’s final phone call Monday afternoon to a cell tower in Riverhead, and the number he called raises concerns about his mental health.

“I believe the last call was made to his deceased parents’ phone number,” Mayer said.

Steven Mayer is a former president of his synagogue in Great Neck, which has mobilized searches and printed posters.

Mayer is five-foot-eight and weighs about 190 pounds, with brown hair and glasses. He drives a gray 2010 Nissan Sentra with New York license plate EWN 4035. He’s been missing now for more than two days.

Mayer’s wife believes he may have had a stroke or may be suffering a form of dementia.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Mayer family at 1-516-847-5005, or police at 911

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 Oct 06, 2010 at 06:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Please daven for Shlomo ben Kayla.
Anyone wanting to participate in the search for Steve should call 347-927-7701.
Shomrim and volunteers from Lakewood, Monsey, BP and elsehwere are all involved, in addition to family and friends.
Shenishmeu b'soros tovos b'karov mamish.


 Oct 06, 2010 at 06:27 PM na_na Says:

It sounds like it could be a dissociative fugue- a rare psychiatric disorder... iyH he should be found safe soon


 Oct 06, 2010 at 07:10 PM Anonymous Says:

I think this guy went missing once before, his picture looks familiar


 Oct 06, 2010 at 09:17 PM Anonymous Says:

no, he hasn't gone missing once before


 Oct 06, 2010 at 10:38 PM Psych_Student Says:

Reply to #2  
na_na Says:

It sounds like it could be a dissociative fugue- a rare psychiatric disorder... iyH he should be found safe soon


I would doubt it's fugue simply because it appears he has retained a significant part of his identity. Calling his deceased parents' phone number is more indicative of a stroke, like his family suggest, or dementia or delirium.


 Oct 07, 2010 at 09:53 AM YANKY Says:

I'm out here searching all night
I went all the way out to greenport. Searching now in the state park and ocean anyone that can help should come thx


 Oct 07, 2010 at 06:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Numerous Volunteers are needed ASAP to help search in the Franklin Square area to help follow up on a potential sighting of Steven Mayer. If you are available, please contact Elisha Wellerstein at elishawellerstein@gmail.com or call him at 917-575-9250. Email is preferred.


 Oct 08, 2010 at 01:34 AM ladymac82 Says:

1) this man has NOT gone missing before--people need to be more careful with their statements. If you don't know the facts, don't act like you do.

2) Thank you to all the volunteers (in any way shape or form)

3) The search has now moved to Great Neck and the surrounding areas (possibly as far south as Oceanside/Valley Stream). Anyone available to aid in the search is urged to call 347-927-7701 or go to The Great Neck Synagogue at 26 Old Mill Rd in Great Neck, NY as soon as possible. Time is of the essence!


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