Long Island man missing since May; Family worried about an encrypted message

BRENTWOOD, NY – Epifanio Colon went shopping at Burberry’s in Manhattan as Mother’s Day weekend began in May, then returned to his girlfriend’s apartment in East Islip, over 40 miles away. of the.

His ring camera showed Colon, 30, leaving at 7:19 p.m. on Friday, May 7, and that was the last time anyone saw him.

“We took action this Saturday night,” Colon’s sister Angelica told PIX11 News this week. “His girlfriend was actually calling hospitals, calling a lot of her friends.”

Colon’s disturbing disappearance took a disturbing turn four days later, on May 11, when his gray BMW was found parked on 116th Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, which is a straight line on the Southern State Parkway to the Van Wyck Expressway, 35 miles from Brentwood, where Colon’s family lives.

On the same day, Colon’s sister learned that his girlfriend had received an encrypted message on Instagram from someone claiming to know what had happened to Epifanio Colon.

Angelica Colon was able to get the Instagram user’s phone number and made a call

“He was said to have been shot three times,” said Angelica Colon.

Now the missing persons case has turned into a homicide case, although there has been no sign of Colon.

“It’s been seven months,” Colon’s mother cried in Spanish, during an interview with PIX11 News. “My family has not been at peace.

Rosa Claros, Colon’s mother, has eight children; Epifanio is the fourth of eight. The worried mom is an immigrant from El Salvador who gave birth to most of her children in California, then moved to Brentwood, Long Island 21 years ago.

“Bueno persona, good boy,” Claros said of his fourth child.

Colon’s sister said he worked part-time in a machine shop, “and let people borrow money for a little while.”

When PIX11 News called the Suffolk County Police Department regarding Colon’s case, the response was brief: “There is no update at this time, he has not been located. “

Angelica Colon said her brother was well known in Brentwood and much appreciated.

“Of all my siblings he is the nicest one, I would say,” she said.

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