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Missing NY Teen Last Seen in White Plains [UPDATE]

Pierce Crowley was last seen around 21 Bloomingdale Rd. in White Plains and is thought to be a runaway. Contact White Plains police at 914-422-6111 if you have any information.

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Update 3:20 p.m.:

Peggy Dunne, family-friend of , says she is "unaware of any [legitimate] fundraising efforts and that the family does not have any connection" to campaigns to do so.

When the 15-year-old boy went missing Friday, it was inevitable that people want to help and groups would organizing fundraising campaigns.

But be very careful when pitching in—and make sure to verify the motives of groups claiming to raise money.

As for the outpouring of volunteer inquiries, anyone who wishes to do may contact Dunne via email at dunnepd@aol.com.

To make sure adults in the region have seen Pierce's face, volunteers have wallpapered the region with flyers. Dunne said the family is also well aware and appreciate the social media push sparked by Crowley's friends who started a Facebook page and are keeping up awareness about Pierce by messaging using the hashtag #findpierce on Twitter.

Dunne says right now "there's not much more to do but wait." She is asking that people pray and hope for Pierce's swift return.

Dunne said there is a great deal of speculation in current reported accounts of Pierce's activities up to his disappearance. She said the last time Pierce's friend saw him he was headed to get a taxi, but there is no confirmation that he actually did and no driver has been identified claiming to have had contact with the young man.

She said she and the family have seen to rampant speculation by commenters across social media and stress "[They] are all rumors." 

It seems the best thing to do right know is remain focused on looking for Pierce and supporting the Crowley family.

White Plains police has not provided any official investigation updates as of Tuesday morning and the search remains open.

Update May 29:

The Crowley family of Manursing Way is asking everyone they know to help find their 15 year old son Pierce, last seen Friday in White Plains.

As of Monday morning, White Plains police continue to search for the boy and did not have any official updates on the case.

According to a News 12 report, Crowley left New York Hospital in White Plains with a friend on Friday and went to The Cheesecake Factory restaurant. The two took a taxi to the White Plains Metro-North station and parted ways. Crowley was last seen in the cab and may have been upset.

White Plains Police have released the following information about the boy:

Pierce Crowley was last seen on May 25, 2012 in the area of 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY. He is described as a male, white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 150 lbs, with light brown hair, blue eyes and braces. He was last seen wearing a bright blue Florida Gators short sleeve T-shirt with dark blue jeans and black sneakers with lime green trim. Please contact the White Plains Police Department at (914)422-6111 with any information.

Crowley family friend Peggy Dunne said more than 500 volunteers have mobilized to look for the Iona Prep ninth grader.

Crowley's mother sent a touching email in the hours after Pierce first went missing asking friends check teen hang-out spots such as skate parks, train stations and even Playland. 

The community response has been immediate and heartfelt. Though Pierce attends Iona Prep in New Rochelle, the Rye High School Parents Organization immediately used its distribution list to get information out about the search. And parents throughout Rye, Rye Brook and other surrounding areas have been re-sending emails and newsletters throughout the weekend.

Pierce's peers have also responded lighting up social media sites like Facebook, Tumblr and Reddit with words of encouragement for the Crowley family.

Defeation wrote on Tumblr: 

I don’t personally know Pierce Crowley, but I have many friends who do know him because I live in the next town over. Please reblog this to get the word out. Pierce, I don’t know you, but we all need you to come home. Everyone loves you and misses you. Pray for Pierce.

Rosa Frew Porto wrote on Facebook:

I'm sure many mothers are praying for Pierce and his family. May the Lord watch over him and brings him back in the name of Jesus. Amen

Update May 27 by the White Plains Police Department:

The White Plains Police Department is currently investigating a missing person report of a 15-year-old runaway. Pierce Crowley was last seen on May 25, 2012 in the area of 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY.

He is described as a male, white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 150 lbs, with light brown hair, blue eyes and braces.

He was last seen wearing a bright blue Florida Gators short sleeve T-shirt with dark blue jeans and black sneakers with lime green trim.

Please contact the White Plains Police Department at (914) 422-6111 with any information.

Original article May 27, 4 p.m. with information from flyer sent to media:

His family needs your help in locating him and bringing him home safely.

Pierce Crowley, 15, was last seen in White Plains on Friday, May 25, 2012 possibly near the train station.

Pierce is 5'10" tall and weighs 150 lbs. He has blue eyes, light brown hair and wears braces.

He was last seen wearing dark jeans, a bright blue Florida Gators short sleeve T-shirt, and black sneakers with lime green trim. 

There is a reward for information leading to his safe return.

Please contact the White Plains Police Department at (914) 422-6111 with any information.

Editor's note: Part of by Rye, NY Patch, which can be expected to publish new developments. This article originally was published on Tuesday, May 29, on Darien Patch. The time stamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch. Earlier versions, before the latest update, were published by White Plains Patch.

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