19 year old girl, member of OWS, goes missing (updated 9/12)

Stevie Bates

Via the New York Daily News

New Yorker Stevie Bates, 19, who had been traveling cross country with Occupy Wall Street friends to an Occupy event, stopped at a layover in Pittsburgh on April 27th on the way home to New York.

She hasn’t been seen since.

Bates was last observed boarding the bus in Pittsburgh bound for arrival in NY on April 28.  Her mother Vivian last spoke to her on the phone when she was at the Greyhound station in Pittsburgh at 7:52 pm.   She told her mother that when she got back she intended to stay with friends in Brooklyn but would be home later in the day. She never arrived.

Bates, a 19-year-old former cheerleader at the Bronx High School of Science, has shoulder-length blond dreadlocks, weighs 120 pounds and is 5’6″ tall. She has a nose piercing and a belly piercing.

The family filed a missing person’s report with the City of Yonkers Police Department on May 9, according to Eugene Marron, a police dispatcher for the Yonkers Communications Department. Jones and Bates, who live in Yonkers, have received kernels of information in the days since Stevie disappeared. Police in Pittsburgh contacted Vivian on Friday with information that Stevie was captured on video boarding a bus in that city on April 27 during a layover, Vivian said, apparently at about the same Vivian last spoke to her daughter.

Vivian described her daughter as a homebody, incredibly outgoing, and quick to make friends. She rejected the idea that Stevie may have run away because of a family grievance. ”We were good, good friends,” Vivian said. “She would never do that.”

Stevie was heavily involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement, living in a tent in Zuccotti Park from September of last year until the camp was raided in November, Vivian said. She attended Hunter College last year but didn’t register for this semester and was applying to colleges for the fall. She was interested in studying architecture. “In fact she has a couple of applications at home that are waiting for her,” Vivian said

The family purchased a new home in Yonkers on March 1 and was redoing the floors of the house in early April. Stevie was supposed to stay with friends in Brooklyn for a few days while the house was touched up. A week later, on April 19, Vivian said she got a call from Stevie from Virginia, saying she had gone on a road trip to Northern California with three friends she knew from Occupy Wall Street. Stevie lost her cell phone along the way so Vivian kept in contact through a friend’s phone her daughter was traveling with.

Around April 23, Stevie told her mother their car broke down in North Carolina and they would be taking a bus to Arkansas. On April 26, Stevie had resolved to come home and boarded a Greyhound bus from Hot Springs, Ark. that was scheduled to arrive in New York City on April 28 at 5:40 a.m., Vivian said.

Vivian said she has been in contact with the Pittsburgh Police Department, speaking with a Det. Colleen Brust. On Saturday, Brust, who works in the missing person’s bureau, could not be reached for comment, though a Det. Bryan Sellers, who deals with sexual assault cases, said the missing person’s report involving Stevie Bates is in the Pittsburgh police system.

On Wednesday, Vivian went to Zuccotti Park, armed with a picture of Stevie to see if anyone knew of her whereabouts.

“My daughter is missing 14 days now,”Vivian said on Friday. “And this is unlike her not to at least be somewhere where I can find her or where her friends know where she was. I don’t know what to think. I haven’t heard anything.”

For any information on the whereabouts of Stevie Bates, please contact Vivian Bates at 646-345-3410.

Update: We’ve received information that an Occupier in NYC saw Stevie at Occupy Union Square this weekend.  We will keep you updated as info becomes available but that is a positive sign.

Update: We want to thank everyone who has been offering to help and has reblogged or retweeted this information. As of this time, 11 pm EST any report of a sighting is not confirmed. Please continue to spread the word and to help look for Stevie. 

Again,  Stevie’s mother reports that she had been in regular contact with her daughter, that Stevie borrowed a phone to stay in contact with her.  This is not like her.  While there was an earlier report of a sighting, we cannot confirm that at this time.  We are asking people in PA, NY and NJ to be especially mindful.  This is 17 days. Please help find her. If you have any information, please call the above number, the Yonkers police or you can leave a comment here and it will be passed on.

Update: Here is a video of local TV station in Pittsburgh putting the word out.

Again, Stevie was last known to have spoken with her mother on April 27th at 7:52 pm ET while in Pittsburgh on a Greyhound bus layover stop – Stevie was expected to board the bus again as it headed for Port Authority in New York to arrive at 5:40 am that morning.  It is not known whether or not she made it there.  The bus schedule indicates that there were two other scheduled stops along the bus route that Stevie might have traveled – one in Slippery Rock, PA at 10:50 pm for 15 mins, and a stop in Philadelphia at 3:20 am for 20 mins.  If you are in those areas, it would also be helpful to spread the word about Stevie Bates.

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Update 5/26:  It has been confirmed that Stevie did in fact arrive in NYC on April 28th at 8:51 am. So she made it to New York, and isn’t missing from PA. There have been other reported sightings which are being followed but as yet none has panned out.  She had left her Occupy friends and was traveling alone to a friend’s house. We will let you know as information becomes available.  Please keep spreading the word until we can bring Stevie safely home.

Here is video of Stevie reportedly about 2 weeks before she went missing:

Update 9/12:

Stevie will be profiled on the Ricki Lake show today with the above video. Hopefully, this will bring some answers and help find her.

50 responses

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  2. Stromm Sarnac

    No offense, but at 19, she’s and adult and no longer a “girl”. Shame on you for purposfully using that word to incite emotions.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    • Umuriza

      And what makes you think this was her intention. It says “19yr old” immediately letting you know she is an adult, but this is a mother talking about her child hence the “girl”. Simple technicality that is made even simpler by the fact that her age is revealed in the title. This is still a missing person regardless of age it should “incite emotions” so shame on YOU!

      May 15, 2012 at 1:29 am

      • Kenny bonaparte

        Tell her, it’s still a person, n soneone child smh…

        May 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    • Taisha

      Really?? She is still very young and still MISSING. What does it matter if the headline says teenager, girl, female, woman, adult??? Your input was pointless and not needed. No offense, by the way

      May 15, 2012 at 2:32 am

      • IKR, jeesh people!

        July 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    • In this day, when girls of her age and younger, her age and older, are kidnapped, tricked or coerced into commercial sexual exploitation, I don’t think the word girl is the problem here.

      May 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    • Beverly Lein

      What the hell difference you dumb ass if he mother calls her a girl, a young woman or young lady, she’s still a girl and it’s stupid people like you that don’t give a shit about anything except there own stupid little minds.
      Good luck momma I hope you find your baby girl.

      May 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    • GerogiaDiva

      Really are you kidding me, you must not have children to say something so inconsiderate and cruel. I have a 19 year old son and he is my ONLY child so yes he’s my baby, my kid, my child no matter how old he is. It’s not to incite emotions this is this woman’s baby she is missing, if you have no useful information or can’t offer a prayer for her safe return how about you keep your mouth closed. That’s why America is in the state it’s in now. we’ve lost all love and compassion of person. SHAME ON YOU! Stromm Sarnac!

      May 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    • Terri

      R u serious……even if the mother said “girl” it’s still her girl….The point is, no matter what the age she is still missing. Look @ the bigger picture idiot….even when my daughter is an adult, she will still b my little girl. My prayer r with the family. GOD BLESS….hope u find ur little girl safe….

      May 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    • Huff

      That’s what you came here to say? What, so because they used the word “girl” instead of “woman”, that makes the situation any less emotional for those involved? Shame on you for being a narrow minded piece of shit.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    • Dragon

      We should obviously not be feeling any emotion over a 19 year old person going missing. You are clearly an idiot, or a troll.

      May 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    • Niobe One

      I hope this young lady makes it home safe and unharmed. I will keep her in my prayers with a plee for a speedy return.

      Stromm Sarnac, you’re a blazing idiot. A young woman is missing regardless of age. That fact alone should “incite emotion” in a human being. What kind of subhuman are you anyway. If you didn’t have anything constructive to say you should have moved on to the next without saying a word instead of showing the world you’re an idiot.

      May 16, 2012 at 8:52 am

    • DallasDavid

      A 19 yr old might THINK they are adult, BUT THEY AREN’T.

      May 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

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  4. Chris Leaning

    I live about an our away from the city. I’ll keep my eyes open if she headed to North Jersey.

    May 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

  5. Lorenzo T Neal

    Reblogged this on Pastor Lorenzo's Blog and commented:
    Where is the national media attention to this person?

    May 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    • Dara

      Why national media attention for an adult child? Even Amber Alerts are pretty much local… It’s really sad, but in today’s messed up world, kids go ‘missing’… I read recently they number in the TENS of thousands per year!

      These OWS kids are into social media…maybe you could start a page on FB or Twitter and ask anyone with any information to come forward. And have her mom keep bugging the police, daily! both at home and where she went missing.

      May 15, 2012 at 12:08 am

      • ASOMA

        Why? Because she’s A PERSON.

        May 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm

  6. fmarie

    Do you mean to say that the mom said, “this is not unlike her…”? Or do you mean “not like her…”? It is making it sound like the kid does this all the time. Not helpful.

    May 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    • Adri

      You’ve misread her words. The mother said that her daughter tends to be locatable: it is LIKE her “to at least be somewhere where I can find her or where her friends know where she was.”

      May 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm

  7. CL

    Please keep us up to date. Thanks.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:56 pm

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  9. Reblogged this on A world unto.

    May 15, 2012 at 3:49 am

  10. karli mennuti

    I hope her Mom is in contact with this organization. They are helpful with getting the word out there and canvasing the media for missing persons of color.
    This story is odd. Iwould like to know the scheduled stops after Pittsburgh. Praying for her safe return to her Mom.

    May 15, 2012 at 6:39 am

  11. Reblogged this on Fratres.

    May 15, 2012 at 6:52 am

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  13. If it were any one of your daughters, just wonder how you would feel. What would you say, my child is 18 she hasn’t called me in two weeks. When I spoke with her the last time she was on her way home, not being rude or anything like that. But I have been in the mothers shoes, finally after a year mine came home. This family is in my prayers.

    May 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

  14. nonviolentconflict

    Reblogged this on NonviolentConflict.

    May 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

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  16. Maria N. Ujaque

    No matter the age of or sons and daughters, they will always be our boys and girls..This person must be young by the way she wrote. She doesnt know the meaning of being a mother. I hope you can find your GIRL.

    May 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

  17. HypaticatheWinter

    According to the Greyhound schedule for a bus leaving Pittsburg going to NYC, the bus would have stopped at SLIDING ROCK, PA for 15 mins 10:50 PM – 11:05 PM and at PHILADELPHIA, PA for 20 mins 03:20 AM – 03:40 AM. If someone could confirm these were the stops the bus made that could be helpful for targeting areas to search.

    May 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

  18. luvenlust

    thats messed up!
    i pray she makes it home
    one of those occupy perverts may have snatched her up

    May 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm

  19. TheBraticus

    I feel sick at heart to hear that a GIRL WOMAN CHILD ADULT has gone missing, my heart is praying daily for that mother and baby girl get reunited… all you fucknutz that think that GIRL should not be used…please go off the left the stupid officer would like a word with you… and hell to the yeah I mean to be rude to you too…as some good people up in here have pointed out this is someone’s babygirl and she is missing.. and that is unaccpectable to me and to others posting on this page… I think someone needs to get their head out of their ass and see the bigger picture instead of talkin’ smack about the words being used to reach out to people in this time of need… wipe the shit outta yer eyes while your at it… I am tired of this society being so fucking fidiculous over things as petty and small as words and how the sentences are reconstructed in a blog page…c’mon peeps there is a young woman missing here not some grammarized bull to be worry ’bout up in here…dammmn

    my prayers to the mom my prayer to the child(get your butt to a phone and call your momma or go home to her arms)

    May either happen sooner then later…Hugs to all that positive shit instead of negativity filled shit(looking at dumbass-STROMM SARNAC)

    May 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

  20. I’ll be on the lookout here in the city, in my Brooklyn/Queens/Manhattan/Bronx hangouts, in case she made it back to New York somehow but still hasn’t made it home…bless her mother’s soul. And for the insolent assholes who want to troll on about word usage…you’re missing the point of the article. Go home. And pick up a heart while you’re at it.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm

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    May 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

  22. Jen

    May GOD give the mother comfort in her time of need. May he give her strength to make it through the day. Bless you child, wherever you are.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:24 pm

  23. srsly?

    really? is that all you people can talk about… a comment made by someone else? lol… you can count yourselves among the people i would never want looking for my child – you’re obviously too easy to distract.

    May 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm

  24. Suz

    May her guardian angel protect her and bring her home.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:32 am

  25. Reblogged this on A Kitch Consulting and commented:
    Please help find this missing person: 19
    year old girl traveling with #OWS group goes missing

    May 16, 2012 at 2:42 am

  26. Thanks again for everyone’s prayers, good wishes and offers to help. Please keep spreading the word so we can bring Stevie home safely. We will update you as info comes in.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:58 am

  27. Michelle

    After reading the responses I feel even more sorry for the mother. She’s thinking she may end up with leads here but instead she has to weed through the arguments and dislike of the word girl…geesh. I’m praying for the family and for Stevie the missing PERSON.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

  28. DallasDavid

    I hate to say it, but the prettier they are, the more likely it is that they are dead.
    Might as well face it. Sorry.

    May 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm

  29. Yas93

    I dont know if this is much help, but i spoke with one of the OWS protesters from Pittsburgh and asked them to spread the word. this is the link http://www.livestream.com/chicagoindymedia

    May 20, 2012 at 4:32 am

  30. Diane

    Exchanging absolute freedom for constant contact and accountability is necessary. Somebody should know where you are and where you are going at all times this is particularly true for women and girls. Watch the news and you will find that violence against women/girls is commonplace.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm

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  32. Muhammad

    Was she found?

    June 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    • No, she has not been found. The last word was that she did make it to the Port Authority and then was going to a friend’s house in Brooklyn.

      August 16, 2012 at 9:47 pm

  33. joy

    my prayers goes out too her mom i could only imagine how she felt threw those months but did they find her ?

    December 1, 2012 at 4:47 am

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