25. January 2015 13:21
A reporter recently asked my opinion of San Francisco Police’s search for Sean…..here are some thoughts.
Chief Tim Longo (of Virginia) is my HERO. For 35 days, the nation watched spellbound as Chief Longo, with heart and soul, led the search for missing U of VA student Hannah Graham. In the end, Chief Longo’s incredible determination resulted in the arrest of a suspect (possibly involved in several missing/murdered cases), the location of Hannah’s remains…& ANSWERS for Hannah’s family.
Truthfully, it is hard NOT to compare. Hard NOT to be bitter about the blatant disregard exhibited by SAN FRANCISCO Missing Persons Dept, in the search for SEAN, the CALIFORNIA MISSING FIVE & others (details omitted).
HOWEVER, ultimately it is the SYSTEM that is to blame. A SYSTEM that ALLOWED a less than motivated detective to CHOOSE to take a “wait & see” attitude rather than REQUIRING that certain search protocol be COMPETENTLY completed. A SYSTEM that allowed this detective to IGNORE dire warning by Chief of Neurosurgery at SF General to elevate Sean’s status due to a “high risk of death”.
My criticism of the SYSTEM however does not obviate our IMMENSE GRATITUDE to the many SAN FRANCISCO POLICE officers WHO helped search for Sean…who responded to the many sightings, who helped post SEAN’S fliers at the MUNI stations, who on their OWN time attended the vigils for Sean, who came up to me to express their SYMPATHY & who CONTINUE to keep an eye out for Sean… to THOSE officers - we are ETERNALLY GRATEFUL.
Photo 1 - Mike R & SFPD Unit helping search for Sean
Photo 2 - Vigil resulted in Sean's status being upgraded to 'AT RISK DEPENDENT ADULT
Photo 3 - Sean (in foreground)
See www.facebook.com/findseansidi or www.seansidi.com for more information on Sean Sidi, age 19, who vanished from San Francisco, CA on May 21, 2013 shortly after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
18. January 2015 18:54
FOR THOSE NOT ON FACEBOOK, WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE STORY OF DERRICK HIGGINS, AGE 23 WHO WENT MISSING FROM ILLINOIS IN MARCH 2013. DERRICK WAS THOUGHT TO HAVE AMNESIA DUE TO A HEAD TRAUMA. HIS PARENTS WERE LOOKING FOR HIM AMONG THE HOMELESS (LIKE SEAN).
DERRICK'S CAR WAS FOUND IN FLORIDA, CONFIRMED SIGHTING IN LAS VEGAS & TODAY IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED THAT DERRICK WAS LOCATED IN SAN DIEGO. HE IS NOW IN A CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL, WITH HIS PARENTS EN ROUTE!! PRAYING FOR DERRICK'S RECOVERY!!!
Perhaps a miracle is ALSO possible for Sean!!!
KEEP PRAYING, SPREADING THE WORD, POSTING & KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR SEAN AMONG THE HOMELESS.
Help us bring Sean HOME!!!
See www.facebook.com/findseansidi (this is a PUBLIC PAGE & YOU DO NOT need a FB account) or www.seansidi.com for more information on Sean Sidi, age 19, missing from San Francisco since May 21, 2013, shortly after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
***Please email email@example.com w/your address to have Sean's fliers mailed to you (refills welcomed!) anywhere in the U.S.
15. January 2015 22:42
Sean is still missing...1 Year - 7 months - 25 days.
Sean's phone went dead/turned off at @1:35 pm on May 21, 2013 in a very busy area of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. Since that time, there has been NO phone, bank card or other electronic activity. Sean - in his compromised/healing physical & mental state - could not have gone far or survived for long on his own. Someone knows something. Our search continues...for Sean, for California Missing Five, for others.
Below: Sea's flier in 'The Good Earth' in Fairfax, THANK YOU Tina A. for your messages of hope & love & for posting Sean's fliers.
MORE Random pictures of Sean: 1) Sean & Danielle 2) Sean (2nd from right) with sister Danielle & cousins Rachel, Sidney & Gareth the summer before he vanished. We post these to remember Sean... ..his smile, his laughter & all the LOVE & JOY he brought to our life. Sean is more than a missing person...MUCH more.
See www.facebook.com/findseansidi or www.seansidi.com for more information on Sean Sidi, age 19, missing from San Francisco since May 21, 2013, shortly after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
***Please email firstname.lastname@example.org w/your address to have a packet of Sean's fliers mailed to you anywhere in the U.S. (refills welcomed)
4. January 2015 15:36
As the mother of a missing child, I had hoped against hope that 21 year old college student Shane Montgomery, who went missing a month ago after leaving a bar, would be found alive.
Sadly, he was NOT. His family is nonetheless very thankful to the incredible people who helped bring Shane HOME. See www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Body-of-Missing-College-Student-Shane-Montgomery-Found-286962511.html
THE sheer RELIEF in finding a missing child/loved one (EVEN IF FOUND DECEASED), CAN ONLY BE FULLY APPRECIATED if you have suffered the AGONY of "not knowing" [where your child is], and endured the daily TORMENT of wondering whether you will EVER know.
The search for Shane, despite its tragic outcome, was a model of excellence & efficiency. From the start, law enforcement in PHILADELPHIA requested the help of the public (via media), obtained surveillance tapes & ENLISTED the ASSISTANCE OF THE FBI and K9 search and rescue teams. Helicopters were ALSO used in an effort to locate Shane.
San Francisco Missing Persons Dept should take NOTE. In Sean's case, & despite his life threatening brain injury, law enforcement in San Francisco ("LE") NEVER ever sought the public's help via media (our contacts did); LE declined to request the FBI's help and they REFUSED to allow Marin K-9 search and rescue team to enter SAN FRANCISCO to search for Sean (a private K9 team searched months later). SEAN'S correct Phone PING information was obtained by LE almost 2 weeks after Sean vanished, and ONLY after repeated requests by this family.
San Francisco is a model of INEFFICIENCY, the price for which Sean likely paid with his LIFE.
Sadly, this is more the RULE than the exception in San Francisco.
Picture below: Vigil in June 2013.
See www.seansidi.com and www.facebook.com/findseansidi for more information on Sean Sidi, age 19, who vanished from San Francisco on May 21, 2013 shortly after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
23. December 2014 18:11
Another year gone by without our precious Sean…there are no words...
Despite the passage of time, SO many of you continue to search, hope, post and pray that we might one day experience a miracle and hold Sean, SAFE, in our arms again.
Below are a few year-end pictures of some of your efforts: 1st Photo, Rosie F & friends prepared bags for the homeless in Marin, CA & included Sean's Fliers!!! 2nd & 3rd Photos: Sean's Flier on Union Square, San Francisco, among hundreds of shoppers & tourists. Thank you Rosie, Ann and ALL for supporting our search for Sean!!!
See www.facebook.com/findseansidi or www.seansidi.com for information on Sean Sidi, age 19, who went missing from San Francisco CA on May 21, 2013, shortly after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Sean may not know his name or his dire medical needs due to his injury. Email email@example.com with your address to have a packet of Sean's fliers mailed to you anywhere in the U.S.