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Police return to Hempstead park to search for missing 19-year-old man

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said at

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said at a news conference Monday at Hempstead Lake State Park that the Nassau police bureau, along with State Police and State Parks police, have flooded the park, including Schodack Pond, searching for Louis Germosen, 19, who has been missing since June 28.  Credit: News 12 Long Island

The search for a Westbury man missing for nearly two weeks will resume Tuesday after a team of law enforcement officials Monday found no sign of him in a pond at Hempstead Lake State Park, Nassau police said. 

A crew of as many as 40 law enforcement officials — following up on an anonymous text message sent to the missing man's cousin — searched Schodack Pond and the surrounding woods looking for Louis Germosen, 19, Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said.

At a news conference Monday at the park, Ryder said members of the Nassau Police Marine Bureau, along with State Police and State Parks police, flooded the park searching for Germosen, who has been missing since June 28.

 A Nassau police helicopter also circled over the park for hours, looking for any signs of the missing teen.

“We went through the area last night. It was negative,” Ryder said. “We are going through it again today and we will continue to search to give the family some sense of understanding that we are giving it our best to determine if the young man is there or not.”

Ryder said the dense brush in the pond was too thick to put a boat in the water, forcing individual divers to go in, Ryder said.

“So we will wade through the water to see what we can find,” Ryder said.

He added that police consider the search a missing persons case.

A cousin of the missing man received several anonymous text messages Sunday directing the family to search a pond at Hempstead Lake Park for Germosen. The text ended with the words “Good luck God bless.”

The missing man's father, Luis Germosen, 45, stepmother, Suzy Bayer, 39, and mother, Marta Flores, were at the park Sunday night and Monday waiting for news. 

“I fear finding him,” Luis Germosen said as he wiped tears from his eyes. “I don’t want to even think about it. I don’t want to find him dead.”

The family had contacted police last week about their missing son, who police said was last seen leaving his Carleton Street home with West Hempstead a potential destination. Nassau police issued a missing person alert about Louis Germosen Friday.

Germosen’s family said they received a tip he was spending time with gang members prior to his disappearance. 

Ryder said police have no information from social media or the department’s gang unit that any gang, including MS-13, was involved in the disappearance.

The family has been searching for their son, they said, both at the park and by visiting area hangouts and delis seeking information. Luis Germosen said he learned that his son was seen on June 30 when he was dropped off at a West Hempstead residence. 

Bayer said Monday she is trying to stay positive, but realizes time is not on their side.

“No one wants to think it, but the reality is beginning to set in,” she said.

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