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LI college student vanishes and parents learn she had a secret

Is This Missing College Student Also Hiding A Secret?

Jasmine Joseph's father wept in a local VFW Hall as friends and family mobilized volunteers to hand out missing flyers seeking information about his daughter's disappearance on Monday, February 24th.

'Please come back,' Sony Joseph said through tears, 'your papa and mom are waiting for you. We don't ask you anything.'

Sony Joseph and his wife, Lovely, were stunned to learn from police that Jasmine, who was a nursing student, had not attended classes at the New York Institute of Technology since May 2013.

Jasmine had been living at home and telling her parents she was attending school all through the fall and winter. The parents' American Express card was even charged $6,072 for the Fall 2013 semester.

'This time, we never see her report card,' Jasmine's mother said, 'but last spring, the other semesters, she was a straight-A student. When her father asked to see the report card, she said there was something wrong with the computer.'

Lovely Joseph, a hospital nurse who works in cardiac care, had noticed her daughter wasn't bringing home college text books. 'She told me she was doing online reading,' Mrs. Joseph recounted to PIX 11.

Jasmine's mother last spoke to her daughter on Monday, February 24th. The mother said she called Jasmine at 5:17 pm and that her daughter claimed to be in the library at the Old Westbury campus.

Jasmine never returned home, and her cell phone started going right to voicemail.

The parents decided to search the college campus very late that Monday night.

Missing LI student

'First, we thought that someone had kidnapped her, because the college is dark at night. We went to all the parking lots,' Jasmine's father said.

But there was no sign of Jasmine or her silver 2012 Nissan Altima. The license plate is GAD3453.

After the family notified police, investigators told them Jasmine had not been attending classes at NYIT since May 2013. The news stunned her parents.

'That's not her character,' her mother said. 'She always obeys.'

When PIX 11 asked Jasmine's father, an electronics technician with the New York Transit Authority, if she was possibly upset about a boyfriend or a situation at home, he replied, 'She doesn't have a boyfriend.'

And when we asked if rules were strict at home, the Indian immigrant replied, 'No strict rules. She's free always. No strict rules.'

The missing student's extended family has started a Facebook page 'Find Jasmine Joseph.' A $5,000 reward is being offered. Anyone with information can call (516) 573-7347 and ask for Detective Hayes.

Police determined that Jasmine was actually at Lifetime Fitness in Syosset when she spoke to her mother that Monday evening.

At this point, they don't believe any criminality is involved in her disappearance.

'She's a 22 year old adult not under parental control,'Inspector Kenneth Lack of the Nassau County Police Department said. 'We're really just trying to locate her to make sure she's safe.'

But Jasmine's father is not convinced she was not a victim of foul play. He said if his daughter is afraid to face her mom or dad, please contact another relative.

'All I want is for her to come back,' Sony Joseph wept.

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pegleg11852 March 05 2014 at 3:30 PM

She led a secret life she does not want her parents to know about. Yet she lied and spent their money. Huuuum. Little liar.

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spokajo March 05 2014 at 9:58 PM

Hope all turns out well.

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DocLagos March 05 2014 at 10:03 PM

She's not a student? Now she's disappeared? Hey, she's getting away from the parents!!!!!

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ramonbatt DocLagos March 05 2014 at 10:17 PM

I agree with you 100%. Her mom told police she always obeys? Huge red flag. She doesn't have a boyfriend? That is because she would dis honors the family's name. Traditions traditions. I m sure her parents or a relative know the real truth!

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enlil968 March 05 2014 at 7:41 PM

Foul play or pregnancy, who cares?!?! Just go home and be safe!!!!!! We are parents, and we are capable to forgive everything for our children!!!! EVERYTHING!!!!

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hf2hvit enlil968 March 05 2014 at 7:43 PM

Yeah...tell that to the gay kids whose religious whack-job parents throw them on the streets.

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briabran hf2hvit March 05 2014 at 8:04 PM

What in the world are you talking about?

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alleykat74 hf2hvit March 05 2014 at 8:09 PM

You're absolutely correct...ignoring the situation and claiming to know exactly how a young lady will act is completely absurd. Both scenarios are unacceptable and should be given greater concern.

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venky March 05 2014 at 10:04 PM

Hi Tino
I wish every thing will be ok

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pblchicago March 05 2014 at 4:43 PM

Jasmine Whatever the problem call home. Your problems can be worked out. Dont give up just call home. They are the people who love you thru the thick and thin of life.

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LL March 05 2014 at 1:50 PM

Oh, what a tragic set of events we weave, when we first set out to deceive !

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ohioh111b111y March 05 2014 at 1:45 PM

I cant imagine the worry these parents have. I pray the daughter at least gives them a call.
I wonder if the University had issued a REFUND on the fall semester? Usually they give the money to the Student?? My guess is the gal didn't want to go into that field of study but felt pressured too. Perhaps her grades were NOT good at all and she couldn't focus.

* while she is a respectful daughter, she is also a liar and deceiver. None of us want to think of our kids that way.

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mae March 05 2014 at 1:44 PM

I feel for the parents. That's got to be very unnerving not knowing where she is. Perhaps she's just ashamed of not doing well in school and decided to disappear. Hoping for the best.

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bulletinboardsn March 05 2014 at 10:15 PM

The percepton of her parents vs. her actions are 180 of each other. No this girl was hiding something for whatever reason and a 21 yo with NO boyfriend, maybe that's what they wanted to hear. Either she's lying in a ditch someplace, ran away or is a victim of a crime. I hope it is a good ending scenerio

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