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Riding with hope

By Patricio Robayo
Posted 9/6/21

HURLEYVILLE— In 2017, after Domingo Ramos's friend's daughter Shaniece Harris went missing in Rock Hill, he has been on a mission to help folks find missing persons in New York State.

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HURLEYVILLE— In 2017, after Domingo Ramos's friend's daughter Shaniece Harris went missing in Rock Hill, he has been on a mission to help folks find missing persons in New York State.

Using his private investigator skills, he started Hope Alive 845, along with his wife and business partner Faith Welling.

“We will act immediately on finding a loved one,” said Ramos.

On Sunday, August 29, Hope Alive 845, along with the Knights Order LEMC (Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club), held a Bike and Music Festival at Morningside Park in Hurleyville and raised over $1,000, which will help benefit Hope Alive 845 and their cause. Ramos says he hopes to develop community-based programming with the funds raised.

The day kicked off with a motorcycle bike run with the LEMC, which rode out from Mamakating Park on Sunday morning. They made their way through the roads, hills and valleys of Sullivan County to Morningside Park in Fallsburg.

The day was filled with music, entertainment and food. But the most important thing was that the event raised awareness for missing children and adults, said Ramos.

Elvia Crump, the mother of Shaniece Harris, said she was glad the event was going well but was sad that it is happening, because it means her daughter is still missing.

“I feel good in the sense that she has brought awareness, unfortunately, the way it has happened,” said Crump.

Crump believes there is not enough awareness and attentiveness brought to missing cases in Sullivan County.

“If it doesn't directly affect a family, a lot of people kind of like just bypass it. Not everyone, but a lot of people, and there needs to definitely [be] more awareness,” added Crump.

She said that she continues to speak to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office about her daughter's case, but the information is limited because of the ongoing investigation.

Crump said she is not giving up the fight or the search for her daughter. She said she has always been an introvert and now says, "I can no longer be that. I have to be out here doing the things that I really never thought I'd have to do. If I don't do, who's gonna do it?"

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