‘I’m going away’ : Two decades afterwards, a spouse and children from Morris Township continue to hopes David Abramovitz will return


By Tyler Barth


Where by is my brother David?

Sisters Jill Abramovitz and Stephanie Abramovitz Fletcher have been inquiring the issue for 20 yrs, at any time due to the fact David Scott Abramovitz left their Morris Township dwelling for the last time, certain for components unknown.

“It’s that horrible factor the place you want closure and you also want hope,” says Jill, now a thriving Broadway actress. “You cling to everything.”

David Scott Abramovitz, circa 2001.

David was 23 when he was last observed at the family house on Bickford Drive, in close proximity to the Randolph border, on May possibly 3, 2001.

Soon after his disappearance was documented, law enforcement tracked David by means of cellular records to Burlington, VT. There, the path went chilly.

David struggled with melancholy, suggests Stephanie, a theater instructor in Basking Ridge.

“We know his despair is what built him escape the region. He needed to be off with animals and nature… it’s usually the super good persons that endure from depression,” she claims.

The sisters bear in mind their youthful brother as reserved, mild, and gifted. Whatever he did, he did properly.

David Abramovitz beloved to paint. Image courtesy of Jill Abramovitz.

At Morristown Higher School (’96), David captained the keep track of and cross state teams, Stephanie recalls. The 2000 Rutgers graduate

was a talented pianist, and fairly fluent in French. He painted in an expressionist design and style. A single of Jill’s past reminiscences of David is him providing her a portrait. It hangs in Jill’s home.

“He painted landscapes of other planets,” says Stephanie, “and he did a fantastic task. He could sketch with pencil a person’s experience and it’d glance like a photograph.”

David liked doing work with pet dogs at The Seeing Eye in Morris Township. Stephanie recollects a day the place he overslept and skipped his volunteer change he was over and above devastated.

“He favored dogs far more than persons,” Jill suggests.

This appreciate for animals may well have despatched David up north, the sisters say. Jill thinks he’s in Vermont. Stephanie thinks he’s possible in Canada.

Both of those suspect he’s in the mountains, where by he felt at dwelling.

‘I’M Likely AWAY’

Before he vanished, David emptied his financial institution account, gave absent a number of belongings, and wrote a letter to his ideal buddy.

The missing persons web page The Charley Task named it a “suicide observe.”  The Abramovitz sisters doubt this, based mostly on experts they have consulted.

3 times following David was very last noticed, his friend known as the family to say he had received a “depressing” letter. David a short while ago experienced visited him in California for a pair of weeks. He wrote about how a lot their friendship intended to him, and what a fantastic time he had on his pay a visit to, in accordance to Stephanie.

“I’m heading away,” David wrote, vaguely.

He had hinted as much to his sisters all over Passover 2001, immediately after quitting The Seeing Eye.

“I’m likely on an experience. I need to have to figure matters out,” Stephanie remembers David stating.

She took him out for his birthday, and inquired about his ideas. He shut her down:

“Don’t inquire any thoughts, or else I’m likely to end the evening early,” David explained to her.

That April evening, their past jointly, is etched in Stephanie’s memory. They shared an artichoke coronary heart at their favorite cafe, Portofino’s in Morristown, and visited a made use of CD retail store on Route 10.  (“Who is that?” David questioned when she bought Lionel Richie’s Best Hits.)  Stephanie picked the motion picture, getting her brother to see Bridget Jones’s Diary.

The look for for David led to Quechee Gorge Village, VT, about 70 miles southeast of Burlington. David had spoken of Quechee Gorge, a 165-foot deep canyon.

Loved ones customers canvassed the location, heading door to door, browsing inns and shelters. Climbers even rappelled down the gorge’s partitions, seeking for David.

Stephanie Abramovitz Fletcher with her spouse. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Fletcher.

“You can not conceal your have human body,” Stephanie remembers her husband expressing.

Jill when touted Wyoming to David. But she has no purpose to assume he adopted by means of.

Law enforcement took David’s departure seriously and did all the things they could, say the sisters, who are grateful to regulation enforcement.

In accordance to David’s higher education girlfriend, who questioned to be recognized as Agustina, David was intrigued in the book Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer. It tells the tale of Christopher McCandless, a California school graduate and outdoorsman who still left dwelling in 1990 to go after a nomadic way of living.

McCandless achieved his demise in 1992, starving to loss of life in an deserted bus in Denali Nationwide Park, Alaska.

In 2007, Illinois significant schooler Lee Cutler apparently left for areas mysterious. The research for Lee was nicely publicized, and a duplicate of Into The Wild was observed in his car or truck in a Wisconsin countrywide park two days soon after he was last observed. No 1 is aware of what took place to Cutler.

Agustina states David was a fantastic boyfriend, and the two simply went their separate methods in higher education.

Why did David desire solitude?

Jill Abramovitz. Image courtesy of Jill Abramovitz

He valued personal happiness above all the things else, Jill claims. And he internalized items.

“He was the tranquil one and he variety of absorbed everything,” she states. “Nothing bounced off.”

Expanding up in an affluent New York Town suburb, David was informed he experienced to be monetarily thriving, which he discovered oppressive.

“He did not see a way for himself in the 9-5 earth. He was a free of charge spirit,” states Jill, whose Broadway credits contain Beetlejuice and Fiddler on the Roof.

She also has appeared on Television in Law & Order: Special Victims Device, Chicago Med and The Great Mrs. Maisel. In 2015, the Morristown Large alumna was a talent choose for Morristown Onstage, a fundraiser for area schools

Jill suggests David hated currently being instructed what to do. He wanted to command his destiny. An early vegan, he refused to wear leather and swore off Twizzlers, which comprise gelatin, an component derived from animals.

He experimented with antidepressants. But they suppressed his wish to paint.

Jill thinks her brother’s gentle character labored versus him.  He under no circumstances felt comfy confronting many others or advocating for himself.

“Ask for a little something you want! Yell at a person! Lash out! And really don’t sacrifice on your own to make other men and women joyful,” Jill suggests, tearing up.

Knowing their brother was in agony, and that they have been not able to assist him, has haunted the sisters.

Everyday living GOES ON

Jill and Stephanie dropped their father in 2013 their grandparents, Holocaust survivors who ended up alive when David disappeared in 2001, are also deceased. David’s mom nonetheless lives at the family members property.

It’s been two a long time considering that the terror assaults of 9/11. Wars have been fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Social media arrived. The Capitol was sacked. A pandemic however grips a polarized nation.

“So significantly has took place in the world… we have no way of being aware of if he’s safe and sound from factors outside the house his management,” Jill says of her missing brother. Occasionally, she catches herself referring to her son as David. “He’d appreciate to satisfy his uncle.”

“I just hope he’s delighted and warm,” claims Stephanie.

When very last witnessed, David Scott Abramovitz was 6-foot-1 and 143 kilos. His latest age would be 43. His hair was brown, like his eyes. He sometimes wore a choker necklace. He had a little hole involving his front tooth. He may go by “Dave” or “Davey.”  His dental documents are on file, and police have the family’s DNA.

If you consider you have observed David, contact the Morris Township Law enforcement Department at 973-539-0777.

If you are thinking of self-damage, or disappearing, be sure to contact the Nationwide Suicide Hotline at 988, or 1-800-273-8255, or textual content 741741. People today are all set to enable you.