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Three teenagers missing from Syosset group home

Police confirmed Missing Persons Squad officers found Shakeem

Police confirmed Missing Persons Squad officers found Shakeem Smith, 14, center, Gabriel Hernandez, 16, right, on Jan. 27, 2014, but said detectives are still trying to locate Jonathan Acevedo, 15, left. Credit: NCPD

Nassau police were searching Monday night for three teenagers reported missing from a Syosset group home Sunday.

Gabriel Hernandez, 16; Jonathan Acevedo, 15; and Shakeem Smith, 14, were last seen at about 8 p.m. Sunday leaving MercyFirst, a group home located at 525 Convent Road, according to Nassau detectives.

They were reported missing to Nassau Police about 30 minutes later, a police spokesman said.

Police said Shakeem suffers from a cognitive disability.

An employee who answered the phone at MercyFirst Monday night declined to comment.

The home is one of several programs for at-risk youth operated by the Syosset-based nonprofit throughout Long Island and New York City. The nonprofit is an offshoot of the Sisters of Mercy Catholic organization.

Reached by phone Monday night, a representative at the Sisters of Mercy's headquarters in Merion, Pa., referred all questions to MercyFirst officials.

Detectives were seeking the public's help in locating the teens and asked anyone with information on their whereabouts to contact the Nassau County Police Department Missing Persons Squad at (516) 573-7347 or to call 911.

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