Missing Fresh Meadows teen returns to family

By Mark Hallum

Fresh Meadows teen, Skye Azhar, 15, is back with his family after disappearing Jan. 31, according to his mother.

“Skye is safe and with us now. We would like to thank everyone for their tremendous love and support,” Azhar wrote on Facebook.

She could not be reached Wednesday for more details about his return.

His disappearance mystified his mother, who had last heard her son rustling around downstairs in their Fresh Meadows home around 4 a.m. the morning he went missing. Kitty Azhar began looking for answers after he did not come home that night. She found her son had made the bed before he left, an unusual occurrence, and the next morning she filed a missing person report. A search of her son’s bedroom revealed a bundle of school work stuffed tightly under the bed and his cell phone hidden deep in a drawer with all data wiped from it.

Police from the 107th Precinct were given the abandoned phone after Azhar reported him missing, but she complained that they had taken the phone early in the day only to get it to the right department late that evening.

“I feel that — I don’t know — I think he was just getting bored and not applying himself,” Azhar said, describing the way her son had been failing classes in school and often wandering the city on the trains.

Azhar had little idea of where her son traveled on the trains he was riding during the day, but believes he mainly wandered aimlessly to keep himself busy. Other times, he traveled to Midtown Manhattan, where his father worked to visit him and ride the train back with him.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhallum@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

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