UPDATE: Missing Girl Safely Home

Starmeka Copeland, 12, who disappeared Wednesday, is now back home, police said.

May 12, 12:05 a.m.: The NYPD has reported that Sarmeka Copeland has returned home.


The New York Police Department issued a call Thursday for the public's assistance in locating a young resident of Ingersoll Houses.

Starmeka Copeland, 12, was last seen in the vicinity of 345 Lafayette Ave. in Clinton Hill on Wednesday at 8:25 p.m.

Police described Copeland as 5-foot 5-inches tall, 110 pounds, with a medium skin complexion. The 12-year-old was last seen wearing a pink hooded Aeropostale sweatshirt, blue jeans and black boots.

Anyone with information about Copeland's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

lois May 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM
345 is not Ingersoll Housing. Was she visiting there from Ingersoll? Or was 345 mis-named? Glad there is early reporting on this case.
Paul Leonard (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM
According to police, Starmeka lives in a building on Fleet Walk at Ingersoll. She was last seen near 345 Lafayette Ave.-- which is some distance from her home--on Wednesday night.
Ursula Grinage May 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I will pray that she's @ a friends house, let's not panic :(
Joe Gonzalez May 10, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I blame the Fort Green Association (FGA), the Myrtle Avenue Revitatization Project (MARP) and the Fulton Area Business Alliance (FAB) for Starmeka Copeland's disappearance. Two weeks ago the aforementioned groups successful completed another of their "traffic-calming" plans. This latest one destroyed the custom built driveway into Ingersoll located at the situs of Myrtle Ave & Hudson Walk.That driveway has been there for over fifty years. They succeeded in widening the sidewalk about ten feet into Myrtle Ave. Now, NYPD, FDNY and EMS cannot drive into NYCHA Ingersoll Housing Projects. Ingersoll residents are now being cheated out of Police, Fire and Ambulance protection and PEOPLE WILL DIE. And, because the cops can't drive into Ingersoll there will continue to be reduced police protection and missing children. I believe FGA, MARP and FAB are in cahoots with the placemaking/traffic-calming crowd and it would not surprise me if there are large cash bribes being paid to these groups' officials to help push this traffic-calming crap. Forever low cost large traffic signs, stop lights and even speed bumps were enough to deal with traffic issues. Now millions of dollars of our tax money is being wasted on these widened sidewalks at a time when schools are being shut down and municipal services are being curtailed. Its time to bring in the FBI.
CS May 11, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I'm curious as to why I haven't received an Amber Alert on this. Also, why hasn't this been shared across the other Patch sites? Why isn't this "front page" ont he site instead of a small thumbnail after scrolling down?? Please share via Twitter, FB, whatever to get the word out.
FG guys May 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Joe Gonzalez is officially a sick and troubled individual, and this blog loses much credibility by continuing to allow him to use it as a platform for his conspiracy theories and hysteria. Joe - how do you not even express one word of concern for a young girl who is missing and her family. Instead you use it as another occasion to make a very bizarre connection and attack a bunch of community groups. Look up DOT's downtown traffic calming plan - they've been planning to make a mid-block crossing for Ingersoll Residents at Fleet Place for years. That was city initiated. Get a clue. And get some compassion.
NiBBLerWatch May 11, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Nice, Joe. Better adjust your tinfoil hat.
Joe Gonzalez May 11, 2012 at 09:22 PM
No Amber Alert because she is a poor little Black girl living in NYCHA projects.
Joe Gonzalez May 11, 2012 at 09:27 PM
@ FG guys: YOU are the sick individual. YOU like most posters to this blog hide behind fake names. A quick hit on your name here on this page shows that 'FG GUYS' NEVER posted on this page. Did my above comment hurt your feelings that much that you would respond with such a mean spirited reply?I really think YOU are using the 'FG GUYS' name to hide that you are either a local politician or some local corporate interest who doesn't like my comments over time about greed in Green Hill.
Paul Leonard (Editor) May 11, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I want to take this moment to remind everyone that, though we encourage free expression, comments posted on Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch should be respectful and kept on topic. Thanks.
Joanna Prisco (Editor) May 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM
As of this afternoon the alert has been shared across local Patch sites.
Gary T May 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Whoa. This is the craziest thing I've read almost anywhere. A little girl is missing and you choose to rail against traffic calming? Wow.
CS May 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Thank you for sharing across the sites and I'm happy the young girl is home. I just think there should be an effort made in the future to IMMEDIATELY and PROMINENTLY post missing persons information. We all know how time is of the essence in these situations.
Rabbi Craig Stephenson May 12, 2012 at 05:41 PM
My prayers were answered and the child is home safe. I hasten to add that I suspect Joe Gonzalez' comment regarding the absence of an Amber Alert was indeed not transmitted because this missing kid is Black and does make her residence in a NYCHA Housing Project. The scurilous personal attacks against him posted above and in other postings only serve to illustrate how much the truth hurts. I am a Rabbi in Brooklyn's Jewish Community and I always read Mr. Gonzalez' comments and do understand his concerns. Racism is real and all of Society benefits when there is a honest conversation about the Black people's pain none of which disappeared with the election of the current US President.
Corey May 13, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Glad to hear she's home safe, but this should have been front and center on all Patch sites until her whereabouts were known.


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