A Glen Rock man has been missing since Sunday morning and his family are asking for help in locating him.
Kiariff Alston, 26, was last seen at 3 a.m. on Sunday at a gas station in Paterson. He was driving a black 2020 Toyota Corolla with a temporary New Jersey registration.
Alston’s mother Erica Dawson said her son suffered from a mental illness that made him prone to wandering, but stressed that he was not a threat at all, calling him ” very calm “and” lonely “. Although he’s already moved away, Alston has never been away for so long.
“I told the officer he was suffering from a mental illness,” Dawson said. “He’s not combative, he’s not going to come towards you or anything like that. He’s a gentle giant.”
Dawson said she watched the security video from the gas station and showed her son walking away after his car was refueled and that there was no suspected foul play.
“People called me and told me they saw his car in different areas of Paterson,” Dawson said. “We drove around Paterson to see if we can find his car.”
So far they haven’t found him, but Alston has ties to the city. Alston and Dawson are originally from Paterson and have family members who still live there. He has also worked at the Home Depot on McLean Boulevard for the past two years.
Glen Rock Police Lt. Chris McInerney, lead investigator, declined to comment further and took to the department’s Facebook page for updates.
Alston-Johnson posted a missing person flyer for Alston on Facebook and she was blown away by the response.
“The only thing stopping me from breaking down is the love of Facebook,” Alston-Johnson said.
She said her post has been shared over 170 times.
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It has been a difficult time for Alston’s family as the search continues.
“I’m just his aunt, but Kiariff has been part of my life since birth, he’s my baby,” Alston-Johnson said. “I am devastated.”
“I’m holding on as best I can,” said Dawson.
Anyone with information should contact Central Dispatch at 201-652-3800.
Liam Quinn is a last minute reporter for NorthJersey.com. To receive the latest news straight to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.