RYE, N.Y. – The family of Pierce Crowley, the Rye teen who was reported missing then found in New York City days later, donated $1,000 to the Rye Police Department for its efforts in searching for their son.
The City of Rye is expected to accept the donation Wednesday night at its regular City Council meeting. Police Commissioner William Connors said in a letter to the Crowley family that the money would be deposited into a designated account maintained by the city to purchase police equipment.
Pierce Crowley, 15, was reported missing May 25 after last being seen in White Plains near the Metro-North Railroad Station. In the days following his disappearance, family and friends launched a massive search and awareness campaign using social media sites. Six days later, Crowley was found by two NYPD officers checking out a group of kids in Washington Heights.
In a handwritten note to Connors and the Rye Police Department, Pierce’s father Peter J. Crowley called the money a “down payment” on the family’s thanks.
“You respected our space, watched our house, looked into possible places where Pierce could have been and beautifully coordinated with the White Plains Police who were quarterbacking the effort,” wrote Crowley. “The Crowleys feel fortunate to be in a community like Rye where we are safe, loved, and responded to.”
Connors responded to the family in a letter giving thanks for the donation, “While our officers do not expect gratitude as they go about their daily work, it is very gratifying when they receive it, and especially when it is expressed in as heartfelt a manner as it is in your note.”