Cryptic Texts Prompt Search for Missing Young Man Who May Have Been Killed by MS-13: Source - NBC New York

Cryptic Texts Prompt Search for Missing Young Man Who May Have Been Killed by MS-13: Source

Louis Germosen, missing since June 28, is presumed dead, and his death is being investigated as a possible MS-13-related murder, according to the source

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    Cryptic Texts Prompt Search for Missing Man

    A pair of cryptic text messages have led to a two-day search for a missing young man at a Long Island park in connection with an ongoing investigation into crimes allegedly committed by the gang MS-13, a law enforcement source tells NBC 4. Greg Cergol reports.

    (Published Monday, July 9, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Authorities are searching with cadaver dogs and a dive team in Hempstead Lake State Park for missing 19-year-old Louis Germosen

    • Officials believe the young man -- who has been missing since June 28 -- may have died at the hands of the MS-13 gang, the source said.

    • His parents received a pair of cryptic texts on Sunday telling them to search a series of addresses around a pond in West Hempstead

    A pair of cryptic text messages have led to a two-day search for a missing young man at a Long Island park in connection with an ongoing investigation into crimes allegedly committed by the gang MS-13, a law enforcement source tells NBC 4.

    Authorities are searching with cadaver dogs and a dive team in Hempstead Lake State Park for missing 19-year-old Louis Germosen. Authorities believe he may have died at the hands of the MS-13 gang, the source said.

    Germosen, missing since June 28, is presumed dead, and his death is being investigated as a possible MS-13-related murder, according to the source.

    The search was sparked after his family said they received the texts -- which say in part for the family to "check" a series of addresses near Schodack Pond in West Hempstead -- from an unknown source on Sunday.

    Cryptic Text Prompts Search for Missing Teen on Long Island

    [NY] Cryptic Text Prompts Search for Missing Teen on Long Island

    A cadaver dog had been brought in to search a Long Island park after a teenage boy went missing. Greg Cergol reports.

    (Published Monday, July 9, 2018)

    "We couldn't believe what we were reading," said Suzy Bayer, the boy's stepmother.

    She added, "We're hearing about MS-13 now, and we're just scared to death."

    On Monday morning -- day two of the search --Germosen's family was holding vigil at the park in the town of Hempstead. Family members told NBC 4 that the teen loved music and basketball, but they feared he had started associating with gangs.

    Cadaver dogs were on site searching the park, and a police source told NBC 4 that Nassau Police had a dive team that would also be searching the creek.

    However police said there was no concrete evidence that there was anything to find at the park. 

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