PATERSON, NJ - Khalilah Smith just wants her daughter home.
Last seen on February 11 when she reportedly attended a hotel party in Brooklyn, Nyrah Barney Curry, 20, hasn’t been heard from since February 14, her brother said doing a virtual press conference hosted by Black Lives Matter Paterson Monday.
Even then, he added, he’s not sure the text messages he received back were in fact from his sister. “It wasn’t the same person,” he said, characterizing the texts as shorter than those she’d normally send.
Nyrah, described as 5'2 and 100 pounds, might be without her phone, the family members said, adding that it was last pinged in Manhattan. Even without, her brother said, the young woman would have found a way to call her grandmother.
To any friends that may have additional information, her brother asked that they come forward. "Now is the time to bring it to light," he said.
He believes that the police are moving too slowly in the case. “If it was their relative they’d be kicking doors in,” he said, punctuating his desire to make sure his loved one is safe.
“Nyrah has been missing since the 11th. Many in the tri-state area have not heard of her name because there hasn’t been any news coverage,” Zellie Thomas, BLM Organizer said in a statement, and then reiterated as he brought the gathering together online.”So much precious time was lost from finding a precious life. We need to find Nyrah and find out why there's a lack of urgency in finding missing young Black women.”
Despite the comments, Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale indicated that he, and the Paterson Police Department, share the same enthusiasm Nyrah’s family does to make sure she is safe.
Describing that a report has been filed, a detective has met with the family, she’s been entered into a national database as a missing person, and they are coordinating with the NYPD, Speziale said that “we want to make sure she is okay.”
“We are hoping to set eyes on her,” he concluded.
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