Overview of Robert Mayer
To those who knew, Robert M. Mayer, he was a family man.
He was married to his wife, Ida, of 18 years, and they had two children; a son and a daughter. Robert was local to Long Island, having grown up in Old Bethpage in Nassau County, but lived in Dix Hills in Suffolk County with his family. He was a certified electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 3. Those who knew him described Robert as a reliable, family man.
The day Robert went missing.
On the morning of Friday, June 14, 2013, Robert left his home around 4:30 AM. He drove to Brooklyn, where he was working on a newly built theatre complex. By 9:00 AM, Robert spoke to his wife Ida. The two were discussing their weekend plans with family to celebrate Father’s Day with a barbecue. They also discussed their upcoming trip to Italy.
By 2:15 PM, Robert was spotted on security footage at a local scrap metal yard, Arrow Scrap Yard. He sold approximately $300 of metal from the job site. Robert’s phone pinged for the last time on Route 110 in Huntington at around 2:45 PM. It remains unknown if his phone died or was shut off, but there was no further activity on any of his social media or bank accounts.
When he was discovered missing.
Robert was expected to return home around 3:00 PM but never does. His wife, Ida, reported him missing to the Suffolk County Police department later that evening. A neighbor came forward with information captured on their personal surveillance cameras. Robert’s 2004 red Pontiac GTO was spotted pulling into the family home at 2:41 PM. 10 minutes later, Robert’s car is seen leaving the family home. It remains unknown who was actually driving the car. Once Ida knew of the footage, it prompted her to search around their home in hopes of finding more clues into Robert’s disappearance. She found Robert’s cell phone, wallet, ID card, and approximately $300 worth of cash inside a drawer in the garage. All of these items were known to be with Robert on the day of his disappearance.
On June 15, 2013, Robert’s abandoned car was found parked at the Deer Park Station of the Long Island Railroad. Unfortunately, there were no security cameras in the parking lot. However, upon further inspection, the car was found locked, but the driver seat was adjusted out of Robert’s typical seat position. Robert usually kept his tools, lunchbox, and water bottles inside the trunk, but that was empty.
Where the case stands today.
Robert’s case remains unsolved. Shortly after he went missing, the family announced a $10,000 award for any information relating to his disappearance. If you have any information, please contact the Suffolk County Police Department.