1. Police are searching for Omotayo Adeoye, a 17-year-old high school junior at the prestigious High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College in Harlem.
Adeoye reportedly asked to be excused from her German class after her teacher caught her using her phone during an exam. According to the New York Post, the teacher, Eva Malikova, confronted Adeoye, saying, “Oh, you shouldn’t be cheating! You guys shouldn’t be cheating! You guys are lying to yourselves!”
A friend told the New York Times the teacher said she was going to tell the school’s dean about the cheating.
2. After asking to be excused to go to the bathroom, Adeoye never returned to the school again. A girl matching her description was seen jumping or wading into the Hudson River at 165th Street.
Before leaving the school, she wrote the words, “I just want to go away on the bottom of the river” on her exam paper.
3. The Nigerian immigrant, who could not swim, has not been seen since since she left the school. Police continued to search the river for her body this weekend.
Adeoye reportedly has been struggling with depression for at least two years. She frequently ran away from home and was once found walking near the river in Manhattan last year.
Adeoye’s neighbors described her as “stressed all the time” and not very social.
“She walked with her head down, she wouldn’t look at you,” said neighbor Manzel Jones, adding that after she ran away for three days, her mother “was lying on the floor in the hallway, crying and knocking on doors, asking, ‘Have you seen my daughter? She didn’t come home from school.’”
But one baseball teammate of Adeoye, Donna Fintzi, described the student as “really bubbly” and “always smiling.”
Comfort Olowo, another teammate, spoke of the girl’s optimism, recalling, “We’d be losing a game, but she’d be, ‘It’s OK. We can still get this.’”