2013-06-14 / Top Stories

Missing Man Found At St. John’s


Missing 86-year-old man, “Jeewan” Mangra (center), was reunited with his eldest son Dharmapaul Mangra (right) as the Emergency Department Director Victoria Backus, NP, at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital looks on. Mangra was missing for four days before being identified by a Hewlett police officer. Photo courtesy of Sjeh Mangra. Missing 86-year-old man, “Jeewan” Mangra (center), was reunited with his eldest son Dharmapaul Mangra (right) as the Emergency Department Director Victoria Backus, NP, at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital looks on. Mangra was missing for four days before being identified by a Hewlett police officer. Photo courtesy of Sjeh Mangra. Quick thinking by a Nassau County police officer recently reunited a missing man with his family at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

Officer Alex Annastasiades was bicycling through Coney Island on his day off, Sunday, June 2nd, when, with a start, he recognized a face on a “Missing” poster taped to the side of a light pole.

It belonged to a man he had brought to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital several days before.

The elderly man had been found sitting by the Atlantic Beach Bridge. At the time the man, who was brought to the Emergency Department at St. John’s Hospital, claimed he could not remember his name, was not married and had no children.

After realizing the man on the Missing Person flyer and at St. John’s were one and the same, Annastasiades, who is assigned to the 4th Precinct in Hewlett, immediately notified the Coney Island precinct where he was cycling, as well as his own.

He also contacted St. John’s. There hospital officials called the contact number listed on the flyer directly.

They confirmed that officer’s quick identification was correct.

The missing man was Jeewan Mangra, 86 years old, who lived in Hollis, Queens, with his wife, Indrowati Mangra. Together they had 10 children, 34 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

When Mangra went missing on Thursday, May 30th, the family became frantic. They notified police and organized a search party. They also posted missing person signs throughout Queens and as far away as Brooklyn and beyond.

When they were reunited at the hospital, Mrs. Mangra cried, “Thank you so much for bringing back my husband!”

Oldest son Dharmapaul Mangra, explained that his father went for a walk every day, however this was the first time he had gotten lost.

The family had no idea how he had gotten to Atlantic Beach from Hollis on his own.

Vicki Backus, NP, Director of the Emergency Department at St. John’s, said, “It was through a chance encounter by Officer Annastasiades and quick interaction with our emergency staff that we were able to reunite Mr. Mangra and his family.

“It’s not every day we have such a happy ending!”

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