Gu, approximately 2013
Date and time person was reported missing : 03/07/2013
Missing location (approx) :
Brooklyn, New York
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/14/1990 (31)
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 145 - 160 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black North Face jacket, a white shirt and blue jeans.
Medical conditions : Gu suffered a traumatic head injury in a car accident a few years before his disappearance and exhibits depression, paranoia, minor hallucinations and psychotic behaviors as a result. His condition may cause him to hide from police and others who want to help him. He has never been known to be violent, however.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Asian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Gu has a scar on his thigh.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Gu was last seen in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on March 7, 2013. He was supposed to meet a friend in the borough of Staten Island, but never arrived and has never been heard from again.
The car he was driving, a silver 1998 Lexus with the New Jersey license plate number Y71CSL, which he had borrowed from a friend, was found abandoned at the Somerset Diner on Easton Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey at 7:30 p.m. the day he disappeared. The car had crashed into a signpost on the front lawn of the diner, and Gu's keys and cellular phone were left inside it.
Gu was a student at the City University of New York (CUNY) at the time of his disappearance, and lived back and forth between his apartment in the 2300 block of west 8th Street in Brooklyn and his girlfriend's apartment in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
Because of his medical condition, there is concern for his safety. His case remains unsolved. Perth Amboy and New York police are both investigating.
Other information and links : ncy
New York Police Department
Perth Amboy Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
New Jersey State Police
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