Family pleads for help finding missing father

Posted: 11:14 AM, Apr 01, 2015
Updated: 2015-04-06 12:57:57-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — When a father missed his daughter’s birthday party last weekend, the little girl’s mom suspected something was wrong and is asking for the public’s help to find him.

Anthony Stewart-Simmons, 29, was last seen March 16 in Far Rockaway, Queens, according to a police report. He was last heard from on March 26, when his phone number texted back and forth with his 7-year-old daughter promising that he would be at her younger sister’s birthday party over the weekend.

The girls’ mom, Denise Perry, suspected something was wrong when Stewart-Simmons never showed up to the party.

“He never, ever misses anything of theirs at all,” Perry told PIX11 News Tuesday, asking for help to find him. “He loves his kids.”

She called and texted Stewart-Simmons’ phone, Perry said. It was shut off. A detective told her his name was not listed in any city jails or hospitals.

Stewart-Simmons’ wife, Vanessa, said her husband takes daily medication. Perry said she’s unaware of any medication routine. Police could not confirm whether the missing man takes medication, citing privacy laws.

Vanessa Stewart-Simmons said her husband last attended a day program in Far Rockaway on March 23, when a worker reported seeing him leave the facility at 3 p.m. that day.

Vanessa Phillips-Stewart-Simmons said, in the past, her husband has disappeared for a few days at a time but would typically text to let her know he’s OK. When she learned he didn’t attend his daughter’s birthday party, that was “a big red flag” for her, too.

Police confirmed that a missing person’s report was filed March 30. Stewart-Simmons had been bouncing around different residences lately and was last living in Co-op City, Perry said, adding that his friend in that area hadn’t seen the 29-year-old in about a month.

Anyone with information is urged to call NYPD at 800-577-TIPS.