New York: The parents of a 19-year-old Indian American are seeking assistance online as their son has been missing from his New Jersey residence since the morning of July 15. Shyalan Shah aka “Shay” was last spotted in the vicinity of Linda Lane and Westgate Drive in Edison, New Jersey, as reported by the local police. Described as an “Indian male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 140 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes,” Shah left the area on foot.
In an appeal posted on Facebook, his parents, Rich and Kalpana Shah, urged anyone with information to get in touch with them or their other son, Sahil. They expressed their concern and desire to establish contact with their missing son. The community members also shared and reposted the appeal on social media platforms to help locate the young man.
A verified Twitter user posted a message on behalf of Shay’s father, revealing that Shaylan was last seen at Newark Penn Station around 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 15. The family remains unaware of his current destination and continues to be anxious about his well-being. They are grateful for any support received in their efforts to locate him.
The case of Shay’s disappearance is not the first instance involving an Indian American teen. Earlier in the year, a 15-year-old named Tanvi Marupally from Arkansas went missing from her high school but was found safe in Florida after two months of search efforts on March 29. Tragically, another case involved Lahari Pathivada, a 25-year-old Indian American who went missing from Texas in May, and her body was found dead nearly 322 km away in Oklahoma state, a day after she disappeared while on her way to work.