WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Authorities are still searching for Officer Ken Smith, a New York City Department of Corrections worker from Westchester who has been missing since failing to show up for work on Wednesday.
According to officials, Smith, 53, left his Mount Vernon home on Wednesday to head to work at Riker’s Island, but has not been heard from since. His disappearance has sparked a widespread search by area police and Smith’s family members.
Smith had been feeling ill for several days, but opted to return to work on Wednesday. In his 20 years as a corrections officer, a spokesperson with the Department of Correction said nothing like this incident has previously taken place. He reportedly had his badge and gun on him when he left on Wednesday.
Anyone with information about Smith or his whereabouts are being asked to contact Det. Burnett at the Mount Vernon Police Department Detective Division by calling (914) 665-2510.
“We are very concerned about our missing officer,” Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Pointe stated. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and we pray for his safe and speedy return. We are working with other law enforcement agencies and pursuing every lead to locate him as soon as possible.”
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