What a relief! Sudanese model, Ataui Deng, has finally been found alive in a NYC hospital after missing for two weeks. Stars and esteemed members of the fashion world, including Zac Posen and even Rihanna, helped raise awareness about her disappearance — and we’re happy to hear she has been located.
Ataui Deng , 22-year-old model, came to America as a Sudanese refugee and has since been represented by Trump Model Management. The stunning model has posed for huge names and fashion houses, including Vogue Germany, Marie Claire France, Zac Posen and even Rihanna‘s Spring 2013 River Island collection. Due to her popularity, when she reportedly went missing on August 6, attention began to grow surrounding her disappearance. Luckily the search came to an end on August 18, when Ataui was found, alive in a NYC hospital. What a relief.
Ataui Deng Found Alive — Missing Model Located In NYC Hospital:
If any one has any information on this young lady’s whereabouts, please call the NYPD or email email@example.com pic.twitter.com/YR1bZgI2tG
— Rihanna (@rihanna) August 18, 2014
The search for Ataui really took off when Rihanna posted a picture of herself with the model on her Twitter page with the caption: “If any one has any information on this young lady’s whereabouts, please call the NYPD or email firstname.lastname@example.org.” It’s very possible that Rihanna’s viral tweet, (which spread awareness to the public and even more celebs), aided in the discovery of Ataui’s whereabouts.
Ataui was last seen by her 30-year-old boyfriend, Grant Monohon, who filed a police report about her disappearance and was in communication with the detective in charge of her case.
According to Grant, Ataui just wanted to get away the day of her disappearance. She left all of her belongings, including her cell phone, in their home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Ataui Deng: Left Home To Get Away?
18 months ago, Ataui split from her fellow Trump Model husband, Kortney Hopkin, and is currently in the midst of divorcing Kortney — but Ataui has reportedly been living with her boyfriend, Grant, for two or three years.
Neither love interest is a suspect in her case and her condition at the hospital has not yet been revealed.
According to Ajak Deng, who is a friend and another fellow model, this is not the first time Ataui has gone missing from friends and family. “She sometimes likes to get away but only for a day or so, nothing like this. She would turn her phone off if she didn’t want to talk, but she would always have it with her.”
This is also not the first time Ataui has made headlines, either! At 18 years old, she took a tumble on the Z by Zac Posen runway during New York Fashion Week and the pictures went viral.
Regardless of the reason for her disappearance, we’re happy that Ataui is alive and safe! Do you think the celebrity campaigning had anything to do with finding her? Share your thoughts and comment below.
— Kindra Bailey