As parents picked up their children from the Mama Tingo Childcare Learning Center another family stood outside in the cold, waiting for their son to come home.
Rhony Ramos, 30, was wearing a black coat when left home at approximately 6:20 a.m. on Nov. 28.
He never made it to his job on the Lower East Side. Calls to his phone go unanswered.
Since then his family has mounted an all-out campaign to search for Ramos, who turned 30 just days after he went missing. They have covered the city with posters alerting everyone to Ramos’s disappearance and contact information. Now they are inviting the community to help in a search for Rhony.
At a vigil for her son outside of the childcare center, Ramona Ramos stood silently as others spoke. Rosita Romero, Executive Director of the Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC) and Mama Tingo where Ms. Ramos is employed, said she stood by the Ramos family.
“We want to be sure that all of us show our support,” she said. “One thing that we make clear is that we have hope. We have hope that Rhony is well and that he is alive and we expect him home. We don’t know what happened. We want him to come home.”
Rhony’s sister, Elsa Franco, said her mother hasn’t slept or eaten very much since her son’s disappearance. “She’s devastated,” she said. Her brother’s two small children are also worried. “They are asking why they haven’t gotten a call from daddy,” she said.