Prayer vigil held for Albany man missing for 4 months

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Friends and family held a vigil in Albany Friday night for a local man who’s been missing since October of last year.

So far, police have not had any leads of his whereabouts.

Dariel young, 52, was last seen on October 25th on Second Avenue in Albany.

His family is continuing to ask for the public’s help in finding him because they’re saying his disappearance has caused them a lot of pain.

Anger and frustration felt all around people wanting police to do more on finding one of their loved ones.

A table was set up at Henry Johnson Park where candles were lit, prayers were read and songs were sung.

His family says this vigil was a way for them to remind the community that Dariel is still missing.

“If you’re used to seeing someone every day, and then one day you just don’t see them or hear from them anymore and that’s not him,” Michelle Brown, sister-in-law, said.

People stepped forward during the candlelight vigil, sharing their best memories of him.

“He cooked, cut hair, he did construction work, yard work, whatever, he did it all,” Michelle said.

But the most emotional of all was his wife of 30 years Debbie Brown.

She says they were high school sweethearts and they never went a day without talking, sometimes getting up to ten phone calls from him.

“It’s been really hard sometimes waking up,” Debbie said. “Sometimes I don’t know if I can go on with the next step not knowing where he is.”

They have this message for Dariel with hopes he is still out there.

“Come home,” Michelle said.

“I miss you, just come home,” Debbie said.

The family says they are offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who may know where he is or have any information that can help with the case.

Anyone with information on Young’s whereabouts is urged to contact Albany Police at (518) 462-8013.


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