FOUND SAFE: Missing Doctor Back Home with Relieved Family, Friends

Dr. Adeolu Ilesanmi has been missing since Tuesday after leaving her home in East Harlem/Upper East Site
Dr. Adeolu Ilesanmi has been missing since Tuesday after leaving her home in East Harlem/Upper East Site

UPDATE: On Saturday, December 18th friends and family reported on social media that Dr. Adeolu Ilesanmi has been found safe.

“WE FOUND HER!!” wrote Omowunmi Odedere, the missing doctor’s cousin, in a reply to our Instagram post about Ade’s disappearance.

“My mom just spoke to her mom! Thank you all so much for helping bring my cousin home!”

The NYPD also confirms to Upper East Site the Dr. Ilesanmi has been found safe, though additional details on the doctor’s safe return home to her family weren’t immediately available.

MANHATTAN – Friends and loved ones are pleading for the public’s help finding a missing young doctor for Weill Cornell Medicine on the Upper East Side— who NYPD detectives say vanished without a trace in East Harlem early Wednesday morning. 

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The second year psychiatry resident physician, 28-year-old Adeolu Ilesanmi, was last seen leaving her apartment on First Avenue between East 115th and 116th Streets sometime between 12:30 am and 6:30 am on December 15th and has not been seen since. 

Missing doctor was last seen on this East Harlem block/Upper East Site
Missing doctor was last seen on this East Harlem block/Upper East Site

A handwritten note hangs near the door of her East Harlem apartment building reading ‘Ade- we love you,” and gives instructions on how to contact loved ones because the building’s buzzer is broken– on the opposite side hangs a missing poster, with another taped to a pole nearby.

Handwritten note hanging on missing doctor's building reading 'Ade-- we love you'/Upper East Site
Handwritten note hanging on missing doctor’s building reading ‘Ade– we love you’/Upper East Site

Her friends, colleagues and family are now worried sick.

“This is a nightmare and we feel so helpless,” Adeolu’s close friend Kristiana Chan wrote on Instagram. 

“Her friends and family are desperate for answers and for her to come home.”

Dr. Adeolu Ilesanmi has been missing since Tuesday after leaving her home in East Harlem
Dr. Adeolu Ilesanmi has been missing since Tuesday after leaving her home in East Harlem

Dr. Ilesanmi, who goes by ‘Ade,’ stands 5’3” tall, weighs 120 pounds, has black hair in sisterlocks and was last seen wearing black athletic pants with a white stripe on the side and a pink and blue tie die t-shirt. 

Investigators say Adeolu Ilesanmi has tattoos of flowers on both of her arms— though she may be wearing a gray winter coat.  

Dr. Adeolu Ilesanmi has been missing since Tuesday after leaving her home in East Harlem/Upper East Site
Dr. Adeolu Ilesanmi has been missing since Tuesday after leaving her home in East Harlem/Upper East Site

“We are extremely concerned about the wellbeing of our missing colleague, Dr. Adeolu Ilesanmi, and are working with law enforcement and her family to locate her as soon as possible,” a New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine spokesperson told Upper East Site in a statement late Friday afternoon.

If you spot Ade or have any information regarding her disappearance in East Harlem early Tuesday morning, you’re asked to call Detective Ramos at (929) 285-0897 or dial 911. 

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