My younger brother, Christian, went missing on Saturday, February 25, 2017.
Dad, his girlfriend Julie, me and my girlfriend Grace had all decided to go to the Troy Farmers Market that Saturday morning to enjoy a day outside. Normally one does not go "enjoy a day outside" in February because the Northeast is typically grey, damp and slushy, but this particular Saturday was a gem not to be wasted. Sunny and in the mid-80's, we felt obligated to spend time outdoors.
Christian lived in Troy as well, and we met up with him at the Farmers Market to wander through various booths and shops. We took our time eating lunch together. During lunch, the skies began to cloud over, so Dad, Julie, Grace and I left for home while Christian left for the nearby Poestenkill Gorge to walk around on the trails.
Three days passed.
On Tuesday, February 28, Dad and I got back late at around 10:00 pm after helping out at a pancake supper, and proceeded to get ready for bed. I went upstairs and Dad checked the messages, to find one left by Christian's boss at Ayco. His boss tried to veil her concern and informed us Christian had been absent from work the past two days, unannounced, which was very out of character for him.
This message began the longest night of our lives.
After calling Christian's roommates, Zach and Will, who had begun to piece together that something was wrong, Dad and I rushed to Troy together. I drove while dad called Mom to tell her Christian was missing and that his roommates had not heard from him since Saturday.
As we were checking local hospitals, Mom gave us a call at 11:30 pm. She said there was a story online about a young man climbing in the gorge around 3:00 pm Saturday afternoon. He had fallen in the turbulent, runoff-swollen stream and had not been found yet. The police diving force had been searching diligently since then.
Christian Rohr; my brother
1991 - 2017
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