What Happened to Missing Upstate NY Teen Samantha Humphrey?

It's what everyone in the Capital Region seems to be asking and while many might have theories, most of us have more questions than answers.

Here's what we know so far.

Schenectady teenager Samantha Humphrey left home on Black Friday, November 25th at around 11 pm.

Jaclyn Humphrey, the 14-year-old's mother, claims that her daughter left home that evening and was seeking her ex-boyfriend who some family members allege was abusive to her.

Jaclyn told Newschannel 13 that the night Samantha left the house, she did so without the knowledge of her mother.

That evening, Samantha and her ex got into a fight - and her mom told News Channel 13 that she bit the ex-boyfriend on the arm.

Last weekend, a jacket was found in the area where Samantha was last seen, and Jaclyn claimed it was “definitely” her daughter’s.

On Friday night, it will be two weeks since anyone has seen or heard from this young girl.

Humphrey has not been seen since she went missing, and police want clues about her disappearance. Anyone with information is asked to contact (518) 630-0911.

According to News Channel 13, Humphrey and her ex-boyfriend met near an old railroad bridge.  The area, Riverside Park in the city’s Stockade neighborhood, sits on the banks of the Mohawk River.

Police believe she fell into the river from a railroad bridge, and search efforts have been non-stop all week.

Last week, Jaclyn set up a Go Fund Me page dedicated to raising funds so the family could hire a private investigator.

Jaclyn's message on the Go Fund Me page was clear; a PI was needed because the local authorities weren't moving fast enough.

"Needless to say, the entire family is distraught and not working right now. We would like to hire a private investigator and an attorney as we feel the current search protocol with the police is moving too slowly on this time-sensitive matter." Jaclyn Humphrey 

Are the local authorities doing enough?  That depends on who you ask.

News Channel 13 has been covering this story for weeks, and local reporters have been on the banks of the Mohawk River while search and dive teams have looked obsessively.




The grandparents of Samantha Humphrey (who she lived with from age 7 to 13)  have denounced the Go Fund Me page.

They feel the local authorities are doing all they can and that there's no need to hire a PI.

In a story published by the Daily Gazette, John Matarazzo, Samantha Humphrey’s grandfather, said that he and his wife are "opposed to the fundraising plan and wholeheartedly support the efforts of the Schenectady Police Department and the additional agencies that continue to search for their granddaughter.

In the story published by the Daily Gazette, Humphrey's grandfather added, "We don’t need money to find the girl...If Samantha was alive, she would have at least let us know that she was alive. Because she cared about us."

So here we are coming up on two weeks, and nothing.

What happened after the altercation between her and her ex-boyfriend?

Did she run off, was she picked up by someone in a car, did she hurt herself, did someone hurt her?

I guess we may not know any of this for some time - and police have no suspects as of right now.

Nearly two weeks later, search efforts won't stop until there's closure for a family in mourning, and a community emotionally invested, while somewhat baffled by her mysterious disappearance.

Humphrey has not been seen since she went missing, and police want clues about her disappearance. Anyone with information is asked to contact (518) 630-0911.

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At least two spots in the Capital Region are getting their projectors and cocoa warmed up, releasing their holiday movie schedules for 2022. This year expect modern classics, black and white films that may have gone under your radar, and even a Christmas horror movie. (Yeah, that’s right. But let’s not pretend like Gremlins didn’t break that barrier decades before this one came out.)

Proctor’s in Schenectady will be showing films regularly in the Addy and the GE Theater, which has one of the Northeast’s largest movie screens, on Thursdays starting before Thanksgiving. Meanwhile in Albany, The Palace Theater will be showing movies on Mondays starting December 12th.


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