Real Name: Dr. Sneha Ann Philip
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: New York City, New York
Date: September 10, 2001
Date of Birth: October 7, 1969
Weight: 115 lbs.
Marital Status: Married
Characteristics: Black hair, brown eyes, olive skin.
Details: On September 10, 2001, thirty-one-year-old female physician Dr. Sneha Ann Philip had the day off and went out to breakfast at 10AM with her husband Ron Lieberman, also a doctor. The two lived in Battery Park City, just four blocks from the World Trade Center. Sneha told Ron that she was going back to their apartment to do housework and they said goodbye at 11:30AM. Afterwards, Sneha did some shopping across the street from the World Trade Center but she never returned home.
At 11:15PM, Ron came home from work. Sneha wasn't there, but he assumed she was out with friends or family. When he woke up at around 6AM the next morning, September 11, he was not worried because he assumed that she had stayed at either her cousin or brother's house. Ron left and went on the 6:45 subway to work. Then, at 8:45AM, a plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Ron heard the news and called Sneha, trying to make sure she was okay. However, she did not answer. Ron assumed the crash an accident until fifteen minutes later when the second plane flew into the South Tower. This occurred just minutes away from their apartment. He tried to call her again but still got no response.
In a sad and strange coincidence, Sneha vanished in lower Manhattan the night before one of the most tragic events in American history, in which thousands were suddenly gone-many of whom were never found. Ron tried to return to their apartment, but the front door was locked. A neighbor told him that Sneha was not in the building. As Ron would later learn, she did not spend the night with her brother, cousin, or any known friend. Sneha did communicate with her mother via instant messaging at 2:30PM on September 10. Security camera video shows her leaving the apartment a few hours later at 5:15PM. An employee at the apartment also remembered seeing her leave at that time.
There were credit card purchases for $500 at around 7:15PM at a designer discount department store across from WTC, where she bought bed linen, lingerie, and three pairs of shoes. Ron watched the surveillance video from the store. Eventually, he was able to find Sneha on the video. After that, there is no trace of her. On the video, she is seen carrying two large bags of merchandise. However, these bags were not found at the apartment.
A shoe clerk from the department store saw Sneha's missing persons flyer and contacted Ron. She reported seeing Sneha with another woman that night. Sneha said that she was a friend of hers, but the woman never came forward. Ron believes that he found the woman on the surveillance video, leaving the store with Sneha. Since the NYPD were too busy with the 9/11 attacks, Ron hired a private investigator to help track down anyone who may have seen Sneha after she left the store. Family and friends of Sneha placed several missing person posters throughout New York City around Ground Zero.
Several questions remain in this case including: where Sneha stayed the night of September 10 if she wasn't with her brother or cousin? Did she leave the apartment store with this mysterious friend and did she stay with this woman? If this is true, why has the woman never came forward? Another theory is that Sneha met with foul play after she left the store. Yet another is that she went across the street and stopped at the Millennium Hotel Bar, and may have stayed there and died during the attacks. Friends and family believe that finding the mystery woman who was last seen with Sneha is the key to solving the mystery of her disappearance.
Suspects: On the night that she vanished, Sneha was seen with an unidentified woman at a department store. The woman was Indian and was apparently a friend of Sneha's. Police do not believe that she is a suspect in the case, but she may have information about her disappearance.
Officially, the NYPD believes that Sneha was one of the victims of the World Trade Center attack. However, her family believes that she may have met with foul play by other means.
Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the June 11, 2002 episode.
Results: Unresolved. Initially, a New York court ruled that Sneha's date of death was September 10. Therefore, she was not listed as a victim of the 9/11 attacks. In 2004, her name was removed from the list of 9/11 missing. NYPD investigators had found evidence that suggested she was living a double life. She and Ron were apparently having marital problems and she may have been having affairs with other women. She also had apparent drug and alcohol issues, along with legal problems. This led investigators to believe that she had left to start a new life. However, her family refused to believe this. No evidence was found on her devices to suggest that she was planning to start a new life. They also claim that much of the "evidence" uncovered by the police was incorrect.
In 2008, the decision by the New York court was overturned. The court dismissed the "double life" claims in the police report. The court also determined that she most likely died helping injured people at the World Trade Center. She is now listed as a victim of 9/11. Ron and her family consider this ruling a great comfort. They have accepted that she most likely died during the attacks. Sadly, Sneha's remains have never been found.
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