Family searches for missing man with schizophrenia

One family is searching for their loved one they say went missing from their Bronx home.

One family is searching for their loved one they say went missing from their Bronx home. (5/13/16)

CO-OP CITY - A family is searching for a relative who went missing more than a month ago in the Bronx.

The family of Daryl Tunstall, 44, says he has been missing since April 2 and that he suffers from schizophrenia. He was last seen at 2330 Bronx Park East.

"The public has a tendency to think that people with mental illness -- schizophrenia, whatever the case is -- are threatening, but they're not," says his sister, Deborah Rodriguez Cooke. "Daryl is a big teddy bear."

Relatives believe several things could have caused Tunstall to leave: the anniversary of his mother's death, whom he took care of, the murder of his nephew in Soundview Park or the murder of his father, a retired NYPD officer, in North Carolina.

Tunstall disappeared before in 2009, but he was found at a shelter. His family has checked shelters, hospitals, friends' houses and morgues to no avail.

"It's not like him," says his aunt, Otilia Edmonds. "We're usually able to find him, and he's usually close to his family. We don't know if something upset him or if he's lost."

They are hoping for the safe return of Tunstall, who is a father. They have made fliers with Tunstall's picture and identifying information. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and approximately 250 pounds.

Anyone with information about Tunstall's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

News 12 asked residents what they thought about 1 Westchester Talks Trump: First 100 days
There will be a few road closures over 2 Weekend travel advisory, April 28-30
News 12 asked viewers what they thought about 3 Hudson Valley Talks Trump: First 100 days
A body was found in the wooded area 4 Body found in wooded area near Eastchester bowling alley
A homeless couple say they got stuck living 5 Homeless couple: Shelter infested with rats

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE