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Rikers Island correction officer reported missing

Posted at 5:20 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 17:36:46-05

NEW YORK – A correction officer who works at Rikers Island has gone missing, authorities said Thursday.

Officer Ken Smith was last heard from at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, officials said. His wife reported him missing.

Additional details about his disappearance were not immediately available.

Correction Officer Ken Smith, who works at Rikers Island, was reported missing by his wife. He was last heard from on Dec. 7, 2016.

Correction Officer Ken Smith, who works at Rikers Island, was reported missing by his wife. He was last heard from on Dec. 7, 2016.

“We are very concerned about our missing officer. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and we pray for his safe and speedy return,” Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte said.

“We are working with other law-enforcement agencies, pursuing every lead to locate him ASAP.”

Smith has worked with the DOC since 1996.