BROOKLYN — Christopher Cobo was shy, after waking from a nap in his Borough Park home. He will turn two years old in July. His mother, Chelsea, has missed many of his milestones.
“His second birthday is approaching, and that means he’s going to become more aware,” said Christopher’s grandmother, Rose Cobo. “Right now, he doesn’t really know that his mother’s missing.”
Chelsea Cobo, who was 22 when she vanished last May, is one of 13,000 people who disappeared in New York City in 2016.
Her back story is a sad one.
Chelsea’s parents suffered from mental health problems.
After Chelsea’s biological mother died in late February 2016, Chelsea fell into a depression several weeks later and was hospitalized at Coney Island Hospital’s psychiatric ward, according to Rose Cobo.
“Inside the hospital, where she went to get help, is where drugs were introduced to her,” Rose Cobo told PIX11.
Not long after Chelsea was released from the hospital, she fell into a downward spiral, Rose Cobo said.
On May 6, 2016, Chelsea was supposed to check into a rehab in Yonkers but never did, according to Rose.
“Somebody knows something. Somebody saw something. She didn’t fall off the face of the earth,” Rose Cobo sobbed.
Cobo went to Penn Station Friday to greet Mary Lyall of upstate New York, whose own daughter, Suzanne, vanished 19 years ago, at the age of 19.
Lyall made the trip to mark New York City’s Missing Persons Day on Saturday.
She started The Center for Hope to assist other families in her situation.
“We become one, a family, we always say a family nobody wants to belong to,” Lyall told PIX11.
Lyall’s daughter was going back to campus at SUNY-Albany, after finishing her shift at a shopping mall.
She was last seen getting off a bus near the campus, by the visitor’s parking lot.
“19 years is a long time,” Mary Lyall said, “I still have hope.”