Gifted Bronx Scholar Student Disappears

CASTLE HILL, The Bronx (PIX11) – The mother of 16-year-old Jezlieanne Colon, who attends a prep school for girls in Manhattan on a scholarship, was mad to find the girl, after the teenager left home at 15 hours on Saturday.

“My daughter has been gifted since childhood,” the missing girl’s mother, Kimberly Varela, told PIX11 News on Sunday of the girl’s recent studies at Nightingale Bamford School on Manhattan’s East Side. “This has never happened before.”

The mother added that her daughter’s cell phone last rang at the No. 6 station in the Castle Hill neighborhood of the Bronx, where the family lives. Nightingale Bamford School is located at 20 East 92n/a Manhattan street.

During the first year of the pandemic, Jezlieanne Colon was educated remotely at home. The mother said that when her daughter started going to in-person classes again, some issues arose. She said her daughter was adjusting to new classmates in another Upper East Side neighborhood.

“I would say three months into school the teachers were calling me,” Varela told PIX11 News.
“They said she arrived happy one day, sad the next.”

The mother said part of her daughter’s problems stemmed from being the “only dark-skinned girl in school,” Varela said.

“Everyone is Caucasian; she always told me she didn’t fit in,” the mother said.

The mother had concerns about another girl from school that Colon started hanging out with, who lives on the East Side of Manhattan.

Colon has a twin brother who said he saw his sister running out at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Castle Hill neighborhood where the family lives. She also has a younger sister.

The mother told PIX11 News she had filed a missing person report. Police have asked for help in locating the missing teenager. The missing teenager is about 5ft 7in tall with red hair and brown eyes, police said.

Submit information to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, by downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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