UPDATE: A family member of Avallone’s e-mailed this paper early Monday morning to say that Roxanne had been found safe and sound Sunday night thanks to a tip from someone who had seen her photo and called Crimestoppers. The family member called the tipster “a true angel.”
A Staten Island woman who was separated from her family as they browsed the Dyker Heights holiday lights Saturday evening is still missing, according to cops.
According to police, Roxanne Avallone, 53, of Hecker Street in Tottenville, was last seen at around 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 12 near 84th Street and 11th Avenue, where crowds of people were gathered to enjoy the neighborhood’s popular holiday displays.
Avallone was described by cops as being approximately 5’3″ tall and 180 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a black nylon jacket, a light blue sweatshirt, black leggings and white sneakers.
She was said to be carrying a beige pocketbook.
Avallone is also said to suffer from depression, though it is unclear what prompted her to stray from her family.
Anyone with information in regards to Avallone’s whereabouts is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) and entering TIP577.