Missing since September 20, 1999 from Clifton, New Jersey
Circumstances of Disappearance
Hakan Karacay was reported missing by family members in New Jersey on September 20, 1999. They last saw him on the staircase inside his Lake Avenue apartment building on September 20. Karacay told his sister and father that he would "be right back," then drove away in his older brother's Mazda 626.
The car, a silver, 1989 Mazda with NJ License Number RW3-48E was found on September 25, 1999 on Wells Hill Road in Lewis, New York. Wells Hill Road is about five miles west of Route 87 and about 60 miles south of the Canadian border. In good weather, the road is passable and is used by hunters and hikers.
A local resident discovered the vehicle while clearing the road of debris caused by Hurricane Floyd. The road had been blocked by trees. The car was stopped at a washout, on the west side of the washout facing east, and was pulled to the side in mountainous terrain.
Karacay's car was found with the door closed, a dead battery, no gas and with the light switch on.
Hakan Karacay has no connection or contacts in the area. An intensive search of the woods around the car by forest rangers and New York State Police turned up nothing. There were no footprints on or near the road, no signs of a struggle, and no property belonging to Karacay was found inside the car. The only items in the car were two packs of cigarettes - an empty pack of Parliaments, which Karacay smoked, and a pack of Marlboro's, with two cigarettes left inside.
Karacay is an unemployed Turkey native who immigrated to the United States in 1988. Karacay, who is not married, at the time lived with his mother and father in an apartment complex. Karacay has been unemployed for several years but had worked as a manager in a factory in Paterson, he quit his job after suffering from mild depression.
He is described as being nonviolent and non-suicidal. Karacay had never been to the Adirondacks before, or expressed an interest in going there.
Investigators Clifton Police Department
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New York State Police
Clifton Police Department
The Press Republican
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