New York Woman Still Missing After More Than a Week

Authorities are still searching for a Columbia University dental student who has been missing since April 1, when she left her New York apartment and never returned.

Jiwon Lee, who was just weeks away from graduating from dental school, was last seen at her West 98th Street apartment at about 8:30 p.m. last Tuesday night. Her roommate and family reported her missing the next day. Authorities said they tracked the last ping from her cell phone to 179th Street, near the George Washington Bridge, according to local news reports.


This past Sunday, the family of Lee, also known for her work as a comedian in the New York area, made an emotional public appeal for information leading to their daughter.

“Please save my precious daughter,” said Soduk Lee, Jiwon’s father, as his wife broke down in tears.

The missing woman’s brother, Matt Lee, has started a fundraiser at to raise money to hire a private investigator and also for reward money for information that leads to his sister being found. In a recent message to supporters on the site, Lee said that the family is working with a former NYPD homicide detective and hoped this will lead to new developments.

The New York Daily News meanwhile quoted yesterday unnamed police sources who said Jiwon Lee, 29, had left notes in her apartment that said she was “sorry she did not live up to expectations,” and that she “could not live anymore.” As recently as last weekend, police officials denied rumors that a suicide note was found.