Marc Anthony Bookal disappeared from his family’s apartment in Newburgh, NY on December 14 when the front door was left open just before his mother’s boyfriend was going to take Marc to visit relatives. The live-in boyfriend Cory Byrd, 30, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child which is a misdemeanor but authorities say at this time they do not have him listed as a person of interest in this case but he is still being held for the endangering charge plus a parole violation charge, which he is due to appear in court for this next week.

Last week on January 4th after a ground search covering the entire southeast quadrant of the city and an extensive search of the Hudson River and finding nothing they decided to call off the ground search.

However this ground search has been resumed Friday but by the end of the day they still came up with nothing by was expected to start again this morning. According to city police spokesman Lt. Charles Broe they developed new information which is why they reopened the search but he wouldn’t say what the new information was.

A team with city and state police including one trooper with a K-9 partner took to the block where little Marc lives and where he was last seen. They searched in vacant buildings and backyards in the block bounded by Liberty, Renwick and South Lander Streets and Benkard Ave. They also searched the Liberty Street School which has been vacant for a long time now.

Broe says the new search is focusing on the blocks nearest where little Marc lives. I am really curious as to what this new information was though causing them to start the search again.

I sure wish they could find Marc. He should be home with his mother where he belongs. My prayers go to him and him family while they sit and wait for some good news about Marc. He is only 4 years old. He can do no harm to anyone so I pray if anyone has him to please return this child to his home. Give him a chance to grow and have a life.

This month is a bad month for me because it is the month I lost my babies. I lost them both, twins, in a miscarriage when I was almost 7 months pregnant. This was 28 years ago on January 29 and I STILL grieve for my two sons. At least I know where they are though. I also can go visit their grave and talk with them. The parents of these children that are gone have no idea where they are, so they can’t do that. They have to live with the fact that they don’t know where their child is. This is torture for a parent.

We have Adji Desir, Haleigh Cummings, Masaraha Ross, Hasanni Campbell and Marc Anthony Bookal all still missing along with probably hundreds of others that I can’t list. These children need to be brought home or at least someone needs to come up with some information about what has happened to these children. They are all way too young to be surviving on their own. If they are still alive someone has them and my plea is to that someone to PLEASE send them home. They need their family.

God Bless you all that care.

Jan Barrett

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