Ataui Deng, the stunning Sudanese-American model and niece of Alek Wek, has been missing for 10 days, her friend Roble posted on Instagram. According to Roble, “she was last seen in the Lower East Side of New York City.” Deng, who stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall, debuted on the New York Runways in September 2008 and has been a force to reckon with ever since, appearing in Harper’s Bazaar, V Magazine and Teen Vogue, and walking for Zac Posen, Christian Dior and Lanvin. Roble urges if you see her to email [email protected]. We’re praying for her safe return.
UPDATE August 19, 2014 7:24 AM
Ataui Deng’s boyfriend Grant Monohon announced on Instagram that Ataui has been found: “I am very happy to report that Ataui has been found. She is safe and sound,” he wrote. “I want to thank all of our friends and followers and especially the NYPD for their swift and dedicated response. #FoundAtaui. Thanks again and much love.”
It’s reported she was found in an NYC hospital where she was staying under a different name. We’re glad she’s safe.