Missing Long Island mother, daughter found safe in Manhattan

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N.J. Burkett has details on a Long Island mother and daughter, missing for weeks, who were found safe early Monday on the Upper West Side. (WABC)

A Long Island woman and her daughter who have been missing since last month have been found safe in New York City.

Iona Costello and her 14-year-old daughter Emily Costello, of Southhold, were located on the Upper West Side sometime after 4 a.m. Monday.

The two were in good condition, and are being interviewed by detectives.

There is no criminality and no charges are expected, authorities say.

The two had been staying in a hotel on the Upper West Side and someone in the hotel contacted the NYPD overnight to say the mother and daughter were staying there.

In a statement, Southold police said: "The NYPD reported finding both Iona Costello and Emily Costello in good health at an undisclosed location. No further investigation is needed at this time."

They had been last seen March 30th. They told family they were going to the city to see some Broadway shows, according to the Southold Police Department. But they had not returned to their farm in Greenport, and Emily had not returned to school.

Police drove out of a Midtown garage Sunday, in the family's dark blue Dodge Durango. Detectives scoured the vehicle for clues.

ABC has learned that the 51-year-old mother owns a farm in Greenport, and according to a local paper, would always call home and inquire about the animals when she was out of town, but has not called. Relatives were growing more anxious with each passing day.

Iona is a widow and according to police was in a dispute with her late husband's grown children over his will. Whether that has anything to do with her disappearance is what detectives are trying to answer.


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