Family seeks help finding Brooklyn man, 60, who disappeared from group home

John Annese, New York Daily News
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A Brooklyn man has been missing for several days from his group home, and his family is worried for his safety.

Michael Giancola, 60, who suffers from schizophrenia and is deaf, was last seen at his Crown Heights group home on Friday night. Staff there discovered him missing Saturday morning

“He normally would be on medicine every day, and if he’s still out on the street, and not lost in a hospital, we’re concerned,” said his brother, Chris Giancola. “He wouldn’t have medicine. He wouldn’t have food.”

Giancola is 5-foot-11, has a salt-and-pepper beard, and was wearing a black jacket, a plain black winter cap and possibly blue jean shorts, his brother said.

He’s typically quiet — though he occasionally screams gibberish — and he’s not violent, his brother said.

“He loves coffee, cigarettes and pizza. If you offer him one of these he will probably stay put,” Chris Giancola said.

Giancola has gone missing before — once, he walked from Crown Heights to his parents' home in Bay Ridge, his brother said. He’s been known to frequent other spots in Bay Ridge ad Downtown Brooklyn, like the neighborhood around the Fulton Mall and Junior’s Restaurant.

Family members are asking people to call Brooklyn’s 71st Precinct at 718-735-0501, or to call or text 718-680-7350 or reach out to whatever police precinct he might be spotted in.

The NYPD is also asking people to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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