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Missing Staten Island man texted ‘Please help me Mom’ before vanishing

A Staten Island dad’s family and friends are fearing the worst since he went missing 10 days ago — after sending his mother a text message pleading for help.

“Please help me Mom,” Michael “Mikey” Stewart, 40, texted his mother around 1:55 a.m. Dec. 21, said his aunt, who asked to be identified as Roxanne B.

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Stewart was last seen leaving O’Neill’s Irish Pub on Forest Avenue at 6:30 p.m. the day before. After leaving the bar, he was spotted on surveillance footage arguing with two men outside a nearby barbershop, according to family and sources familiar with the case.

“Detectives are telling us he was hurt,” Roxanne said, adding that she was told the missing-persons case is now being treated as a suspected homicide.

“He loves his daughter. She’s been crying every night for him. She’s starting to see that something’s wrong,” the aunt added of Stewart’s 4-year-old child. 


Stewart is approximately 5-foot-7 tall and weighs about 170 pounds, police said. He was wearing an army-green jacket and a black winter hat when he disappeared.

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