Ross McDonnell, an Irish filmmaker, has been missing in New York since November 4. A resident of Brooklyn, he was last seen in the Fort Tilden area of Queens in New York.
McDonnell, a multi-Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker and photographer from Howth in Dublin, has been reported as missing in New York. McDonnell was a long-term resident of Brooklyn.
McDonnell is described as going 5 foot 9, with an athletic building and a distinctive Irish accent. His bike was found, locked up to a stand, at Fort Tilden Beach, in Queens after he went missing.
He was last seen on Saturday, November 4 or in the early hours of Sunday. His bike was located on November 7.
People can also call Detective Buckner on NY 7186366655.
They are especially interested in finding his belongings. If anyone picked them up them they are not in any trouble but it would be very important to find out what happened. pic.twitter.com/8NvQfu0Xrn— Ioan Grillo (@ioangrillo) November 12, 2023
His friend Gene Gallerano told the Irish Times it is believed McDonnell "went out into the ocean” but had not been seen since.
“He was last seen last Saturday night, the alarm was sounded on Sunday, we don’t know much more than that,” he said. “It’s been a very, very emotionally heavy week,” Gallerano said.
Fort Tilden is located at a former US Army base on the peninsula of Queens, just south of Coney Island and west of Long Beach.
His family has issued a plea to help locate McDonnell. The Irish Independent reported their plea for his belongings to be relocated.
They said, "You are not in trouble if you picked up his belongings, we just want to locate ASAP for clues to his disappearance."
His belongings include a red puffy North Face vest, black and white sneakers, dark-colored khaki pants, and a black North Face backpack. Anyone who has found his belongings has been asked by his family to drop them to FDNY Engine 329 where there will be “no questions asked.”
McDonnell is a three-time Emmy Award-winning director, producer and cinematographer. Throughout his career, he has worked on documentaries, commercials, and feature films as well as photography.
His first feature documentary on bees, "Colony" (2009), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. "Colony" was a winner at IDFA and nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award. His 2017 documentary "Ellán" was IDA and Emmy nominated.
McDonnell is a long-term resident of New York and regularly travels between Dublin and New York for work.
The police investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information on Ross McDonnell's whereabouts is asked to call the NYPD or his close friend, Gene Gallerano, on +1 646-281-0624.