West New York man buried in Queens unmarked grave: Mom and friends plead for help


Murphy Polanco, a West New York resident went missing in November 2014. Everyone thought the 21-year-old would return like nothing ever happened.

But on December 16, 2016 his grieving and already devastated mother was informed that Murphy’s body was actually found two years ago and the Queens (NY) Police Department buried him in an unmarked grave where no one can visit him.

His best friend, Ash Proenza set up a GoFundMe page to bring Murphy home. His friends and family all say he needs a proper funeral and burial.

So far, more than $2,000 has been donated.






“The least we can do is help his mother bring her son back home and give him the send off he deserves,” Proenza says.  “Please help us. He was a good friend and he deserves dignity and respect.”

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Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time, Jillian enjoys yoga; working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Follow on Twitter @JillianRis



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