By Errol Louis
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Almost exactly a year ago, the strangled body of 16-year-old Chanel Petro-Nixon was discovered in front of 212 Kingston Ave. in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, just over three days after the honor student left her Fulton St. apartment on Father's Day in 2006 to apply for work at a nearby restaurant.
Chanel's murder might have been prevented if New York's Finest had the resources and public support for a policy of mounting fast, aggressive searches for every missing teen and young adult. According to the NYPD, only about 6,200 people are reported missing every year, a small enough number that each one should be taken more seriously.