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Missing VISTA member assigned to SUNY Oswego found in Brooklyn, officials say

Police say Natalie A. Smith was last seen driving her blue 2006 Chevrolet Impala (with NY registration HNS 4758) east on the New York State Thruway early in the morning on June 5. She was with Dennis W. Washington Jr., a friend of hers from Fayetteville, North Carolina, authorities say. The vehicle she was driving was found in Brooklyn on June 12./ SUNY Oswego University Police


UPDATE: SUNY Oswego officials say Natalie A. Smith, Volunteers in Service to America employee assigned to SUNY Oswego, who was reported missing was found by New York State Police investigators Friday in Brooklyn.

Smith is well and has indicated that she wishes to stay in Brooklyn.

"We are relieved to hear that Natalie is safe,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley, “and are extremely thankful and appreciative of our law enforcement partners, particularly the New York State Police, for their expertise and dedication throughout the case.”


ORIGINAL STORY:

SUNY Oswego University Police have issued a missing person report for a Volunteers in Service to America employee assigned to SUNY Oswego who was reported missing on June 9.

Police say Natalie A. Smith was last seen driving her blue 2006 Chevrolet Impala (with NY registration HNS 4758) east on the New York State Thruway early in the morning on June 5. She was with Dennis W. Washington Jr., a friend of hers from Fayetteville, North Carolina, authorities say. The vehicle she was driving was found in Brooklyn on June 12.

Oswego State University Police, New York State Police and the New York City Police Department are actively investigating the case.

“Our University Police has been extremely active in following all leads and calling upon all available law enforcement resources to advance the investigation.” Stanley added, “We are deeply concerned about Natalie; she is a valued and integral member of our campus community," SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said in a release.

Anyone with information on Smith's or Washington's whereabouts is asked to call University Police at 315-312-5555.

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