Missing, and finally we’ve noticed it


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Thousands of people go missing every year, and it is important to give them the same attention as the Gabby Petito case.

Mara Tiede, Staff Writer

There is no doubt that the unfortunate and gruesome killing of Gabby Petito has rocked our world. More and more details are continuously surfacing about her death and what really happened between her and her fiance, Brian Laundrie, on the round-trip. Her case is undeniably bizarre, and with all the media attention, other missing person cases have been illuminated, and they have finally garnered the attention they deserved to bring them home. 


Miya Marcano

On Sep. 24, 19-year-old Miya Marcano was reported missing, right in the midst of the nationwide search for Laundrie. Marcano was a college student working and living at the Arden Villas apartment complex located in Orlando, and the primary person of interest in her case worked there with her. 27-year-old Armando Manuel Caballero had expressed to Marcano that he felt romantically inclined towards her, but she repeatedly gave him the cold shoulder and showed no interest in him whatsoever. When she went missing, he was the first person authorities assumed to be associated with the case, and on Sept. 27, Caballero was found dead by apparent suicide. Not stopping their search, on Oct. 2, a body that fit the description of Marcano was found in a wooded area about 20 miles from the apartment complex both Marcano and Cabellero lived in.   


Jelani Day

Jelani Day was a 25-year-old successful young man from Illinois, with a bright future ahead of him as an aspiring doctor. After not hearing from him for two days, Day was reported missing by his family on Aug. 25, with little leads to help aid in his safe homecoming. On Sept. 4, A body was found floating in the Illinois River and after going through many days of forensic identification, the body was confirmed to be Day on Sep. 23. However, although Day’s body has been found, there is yet to be anyone charged in the disappearance and killing of Day. There is video footage of a suspicious man knocking on the door of a home close to where Day’s body was found, but police need help identifying the man in the video, as he is the only person of interest in Day’s case so far. 


Najib (Jubi) Monsif

Being the only case that is still ongoing, it is important to spread awareness and get the community involved in bringing Najib ‘Jubi’ Monsif home safely. Monsif went missing from North Scottsdale on Sept. 23. The last time he was seen was sometime between 2 and 3 a.m. that morning. Although Monsif is 20 years old, he has autism and his family says he only has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old, so it is very important that wherever he is, he is receiving proper care. Monsif is also believed to have left their home on his own, due to the lack of leads in his disappearance. It is important to bring light to this case, as Monsif is said by his family to be very innocent and vulnerable and likely needs a lot of help. He is said to walk with a very distinct shuffle as well as frequently keeping the collar of his shirt above his nose. Anyone with any information about where Monsif could have gone is said to notify the Scottsdale Police, at 480-312-5000.