Authorities and co-workers are looking for a Bellevue Hospital nurse who hasn't been seen for nearly three months.
Mahfuza Rahman, 30, hasn’t been seen by co-workers at Bellevue Hospital since Dec. 8, police say. A co-worker at the hospital reported her missing on March 4, according to the NYPD.
Police have searched the area near her home on East 198th Street in the Bronx and dug up part of the front yard, but they found no signs of Rahman.
The search was delayed because her husband told her colleagues she had a family emergency and needed to take time off work, the Daily News reported. Her husband reportedly told her co-workers and neighbors that she had flown back to their native Bangladesh to care for her parents, who were injured in an accident.
NBC 4 New York was not able to immediately confirm that report, although neighbor Jose Garcia did tell NBC 4 that the last time he saw Rahman's husband, he told him to watch his house so he could go to his native country, Bangladesh.
Travel records show that Rahman’s husband and daughter left the country, police said. But no records showed that Rahman traveled with them.
Neighbor Jamie Hewin said he has lived in the neighborhood for about a year and had never seen anything out of the ordinary at Rahman's house.
"Haven't had any problems at all, and all of a sudden I see the police here since last Friday, beginning at 7 in the morning till now, 24-hour watch," he said. "And they dug holes and stuff, none of that was here, they did all that yesterday."
Another neighbor, Sid Coats, said he was surprised to hear that Rahman was missing.
"That's kind of odd," he said. "They're a close-knit family."
Police said no foul play is suspected at this point.
Bellevue Hospital declined to comment on the investigation.
Anyone with information on Rahman’s whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.