AZ NAJIB “JUBI” MONSIF: Missing from Scottsdale, AZ - 23 Sept 2021 - Age 19

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Search continues for 20-year-old with autism missing nearly two weeks from Arizona home​

The heartbroken family of missing Najib “Jubi” Monsif, a 20-year-old with autism who vanished in the middle of the night from his Scottsdale, Arizona home, is holding onto hope that he will return home safely, but fear he’s in imminent danger.

“We’re on the 12th day of searching and still have no answers, no leads,” his sister Josie Monsif told Dateline late Monday. “There have been no sightings, nothing of him on surveillance video. It’s terrifying and heartbreaking.”

Josie explained to Dateline that her brother, who has autism and the mental capacity of an 8-year-old child, is vulnerable and that he’s not someone who left the house much, especially since the pandemic.

“Let’s say, even if he did leave on foot that night, where would he go? He wouldn’t have made it very far,” Josie said. “Somebody would have found him by now.”

She told Dateline that Jubi is verbal and communicates with his family, but prefers to stay at home, which is located at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Via Linda.

Josie added that her brother often stayed up late and would eat in his room. When he came down around 2 a.m. on September 23, to throw away his trash, it was the last time he was seen.

At a press conference on September 27, Jubi’s father recalled the night being like any other night. He said he woke up, fed the dog, walked their puppy and laid down. He saw Jubi come down from his room with the trash, but quickly went back to sleep. It wasn’t until 7 a.m. that morning when he discovered Jubi wasn’t in his room. He contacted Jubi’s mom, who lives at another residence, but he wasn’t there either.

The family quickly came to the conclusion that something was very wrong.

Josie told Dateline that her brother's belongings were left behind at the house, including his cell phone, which is very unusual for him to leave behind.

After talking with her siblings, Josie discovered Jubi had played video games with their brother, George, the night before something they often did when George was home from college. And that’s when Jubi said something odd. When his brother told him goodnight, Jubi responded by saying that he was never going to see him again.

“George was telling Jubi goodnight and he said, ‘'I’m never going to see you again,’” Josie told Dateline. “He was like, 'What do you mean?' And Jubi said, 'Nothing, I’ll talk to you later.'”

Josie said that while she realizes the comment is disturbing, she also knows her brother is vulnerable and doesn’t have the capacity, mentally or physically, to hurt himself, or anyone else.

“He's vulnerable and his words can be misconstrued,” Josie said. “He is a child. He is verbal, yes, but he's on the spectrum and you can tell that he is.”

For nearly two weeks, family, friends, the community, and law enforcement have knocked on doors, searched houses, scoured the neighborhood and combed the surrounding desert and wilderness, hoping for any sign of Jubi.

Aaron Bolin, a spokesman for the Scottsdale Police Department, told Dateline that Jubi is considered to be a vulnerable person in danger and they are doing everything they can to find him.

He explained that the SPD has “conducted an area search of the canals, mountain preserves, and other areas that Najib has frequented.”

He added that “SPD utilized numerous resources, helicopters, drones, mounted unit, bicycle unit, motorcycle unit, MCSO search and rescue, CAP officers for the canal.”

“We have also conducted a neighborhood search which consisted of approximately 650 homes,” Bolin said.

Police dogs picked up Jubi’s scent and tracked it to the nearby Albertsons grocery store about a half-mile away from his home, but that’s where the trail went cold.

With no images captured on security video, no footage of him on a neighbor’s ring light, and no legitimate sightings of him, Jubi’s family is extremely worried and believe it’s very possible that he was taken and could be in danger.

 
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SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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'The unknown is a nightmare': Family calls on community to help find missing Scottsdale man​

The search for missing 20-year-old Najib Monsif continues more than a week since he was reported missing, and his family is encouraging the Scottsdale and Arizona communities to join the search to bring Najib home safely.


Josie Monsif, Najib's older sister, told The Arizona Republic that Scottsdale police communicate regularly with the family regarding the investigation. She said they have gone door-to-door and obtained search warrants for homes in the area.

“They’re doing honestly everything they can,” Josie said. “There's nothing out of the question. They're checking cars, backyards. There's horses, search dogs, they're scraping every inch of the desert.”
 

GrandmaBear

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Per dogs, he made it to a grocery store 1/2 mile away and there is no video on the way or at the grocery store? Or anywhere after?

Autism or not, his remark does seem strange about not seeing his brother again... It apparently stood out and was enough to mention.

Praying they find him.
 

fran

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Brian Entin
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Najib Monsif –a 20-year-old with Autism– is still missing. He has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old. Last night
@ScottsdalePD
told
@MarniHughesTV
“Our latest findings are that he is most likely not on his own. He had to have some sort of help to get out of the neighborhood.”



It's believed he may have met someone in the online gaming world. His family needs help desperately
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Where's Jubi? Scottsdale man's disappearance is still a mystery​

The search for a Scottsdale man with autism is becoming increasingly desperate as the days since his disappearance turn into weeks.

The widespread search for Jubi has proved to be fruitless so far.

Jubi was last seen wandering around his home near Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Via Linda. But the trail has since gone cold in the following weeks.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Detective gives update on missing Najib "Jubi" Monsif​

A 20-year-old man with autism from Scottsdale has been missing for three weeks now and detectives are hoping more tips come in with credible information.

"We've received hundreds of different tips, mostly in Arizona, but as far away as the east coast and even internationally," said Detective John Heinzelman with the Scottsdale Police Department. But none of the tips that have come in have panned out with any definitive information, he says.

"We knocked on doors, over 500 different homes we've contacted, we've searched backyards, the desert area, there's a canal that runs nearby," Detective Heinzelman said. "We continue to have helicopters, drones. We had search and rescue crews that were on horseback and on ATVs."


"From everybody we've talked to, I don't believe that he's alone. I believe he is getting help from somebody and it's just a matter of finding that person and finding out the rest of that story," said Detective Heinzelman. "It's always a possibility and it's one of our concerns is that someone contacted him either through his twitter or online or some other way and lured him away and that's a strong possibility that we keep open. We have no evidence to suggest that yet but it's still one of the theories that we have to work on is the fact that this could be somebody who lured him out of the house and we need to find that person too."


Jubi's sister says her frustration and concern is growing as the investigation feels like it's slowing down.

"They're coming to the end of their trail and they will follow a trail as long as they have it but they're not going to have one much longer and what does that leave us with?" said Josie. "If the police are telling us they don't know what they're doing next, how do you feel as a family when it's been 3 weeks?"

Detective Heinzelman said they are working on getting more information through subpoenas from the video game software.
 

GrandmaBear

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Detective gives update on missing Najib "Jubi" Monsif​

A 20-year-old man with autism from Scottsdale has been missing for three weeks now and detectives are hoping more tips come in with credible information.

"We've received hundreds of different tips, mostly in Arizona, but as far away as the east coast and even internationally," said Detective John Heinzelman with the Scottsdale Police Department. But none of the tips that have come in have panned out with any definitive information, he says.

"We knocked on doors, over 500 different homes we've contacted, we've searched backyards, the desert area, there's a canal that runs nearby," Detective Heinzelman said. "We continue to have helicopters, drones. We had search and rescue crews that were on horseback and on ATVs."


"From everybody we've talked to, I don't believe that he's alone. I believe he is getting help from somebody and it's just a matter of finding that person and finding out the rest of that story," said Detective Heinzelman. "It's always a possibility and it's one of our concerns is that someone contacted him either through his twitter or online or some other way and lured him away and that's a strong possibility that we keep open. We have no evidence to suggest that yet but it's still one of the theories that we have to work on is the fact that this could be somebody who lured him out of the house and we need to find that person too."


Jubi's sister says her frustration and concern is growing as the investigation feels like it's slowing down.

"They're coming to the end of their trail and they will follow a trail as long as they have it but they're not going to have one much longer and what does that leave us with?" said Josie. "If the police are telling us they don't know what they're doing next, how do you feel as a family when it's been 3 weeks?"

Detective Heinzelman said they are working on getting more information through subpoenas from the video game software.
Oh in months the video software place will maybe finally give up their records or provide them and then they will need to be reviewed... Who knows what he will have gone through by then but that's how it goes while the family deals with a major loss and anxiety...

Sorry, not in a great mood today. Cynicism.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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What happened to 'Jubi'? FBI, Scottsdale PD's search continues for missing man with autism​

More than a month later and there’s still no trace of a 20-year-old man from Scottsdale who has autism.

The FBI is teaming up with the Scottsdale Police Department to locate Najib Monsif and his family is doing whatever it takes to find him – 24/7.

‘Jubi’

If you truly know Najib Monsif Jr. then you know him as "Jubi."

The 20-year-old has autism and loved ones say he has the mental capacity of an eight-year-old child. He's about 5 foot 10 inches.

There are some things you should know about him: Najib is described as smart and kind. He shuffles when he walks. He pulls his shirt up to his face. He plays video games. He adores his puppy.

If you ask his older sister, Josephine, to know him, is to love him.

"Just a very happy kid who knows that his family loves him. He's surrounded by so much love, sometimes an overwhelming amount of love," Josephine Monsif said.

Right now, his family is broken after the young man they call their "heart" mysteriously vanished in the night.

"If I say it's a nightmare, it's an understatement," said his father Najib Monsif Sr.



"So how we start these investigations is kind of from the house in concentric circles out and so we look, we've knocked on doors, over 500 different homes, we've contacted, we've searched backyards the desert area. There's a canal that runs nearby," explained Scottsdale Police Det. John Heinzelman.

The police department has used a multitude of resources since Najib went missing.

"Helicopters, drones, we had search and rescue crews that were on horseback, on ATVs. We had search dogs. We also had specifically trained cadaver dogs," Heinzelman said.

During the initial search, police dogs tracked Najib's scent to an Albertson's about a half-mile away from his home and detectives have scoured the area for any credible surveillance images of him. So far, there haven't been any sightings of Najib in the area he went missing in.

"We do believe that he must have received help from somebody to get himself out of the neighborhood," Heinzelman said.

"My brother doesn't have the capability to physically or mentally to do this on his own to survive out there with just the clothes on his back, to drive. We knew that day that someone was involved. Whether they took him, got in a car, who knows?" his sister Josephine wondered.

Najib left home without his wallet and cell phone.

He wore moccasins.

But, something he said to family members stands out.

"The day before he went missing, he said to my mother and my brother separately that they would never see him again. He waved it off both times, didn't mention it again," Josephine remembered.

She says her little brother has said similar remarks in the past and that they've been taken with a grain of salt.

Bottom line: Najib is vulnerable and his sister believes he's with someone.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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$100,000 reward offered for safe return of missing Scottsdale man with autism​

Where’s Jubi?

It’s a question a Scottsdale family has been asking obsessively since the 20-year-old man with autism disappeared in September.

And now the family of Najib Monsif, better known as Jubi, is offering a $100,000 reward for any information leading to his safe return.
 

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