New York: 29-Year-Old Indian Man, Gone Missing, has been Now Found
By: Mahak Arora
Bhavik Bhandari, a 29-year-old man, who had gone missing in New York City, was found on Wednesday, the Consulate General of India in New York told the media. He was found by the New York Police after going missing for around a week and remains hospitalised at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn.
A search party made of friends and colleagues had been looking for Bhandari at and around places he was known to frequent for four days before the cops found him.
Bhavik Bhandari has been living in the US since 2018. He was last seen before going missing on June 10 by his roommate at his apartment in Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan. His last call had been to his sister. The New York Police filed a missing person’s report on Wednesday after Bhandari’s roommate and friends could not find him that night.
Bhandari graduated last year with a master’s degree in strategic design and management and has been on a work permit. Prior to leaving for the US, Bhandari attended Manipal University for his undergraduate degree. Bhandari is on an F-1 visa. Recently, he had grown an interest in Buddhism. He volunteers at a Buddhist meditation centre called Kadampa in New York City.
In search of Bhandari, one of his close friends, Anirudh Kanga, had contacted the Indian embassy in New York, the general consulate office and the Ministry of External Affairs. Bhandari’s workplace had been alerted about the situation and was, according to local media, cooperating with the investigation.
“Hey New York, Please help find Bhavik Bhandari! He was last seen in Washington heights! Fellow Journalists and everyone can you please amplify!!” Amitoj Singh, one of Business Insider’s New York correspondents, had tweeted.
The coordination to search for Bhavik includes a mix of social media outreach and involving friends in New York who have searched the area and contacted places he once frequented.
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