Greece woman says she saw Trevyan Rowe the morning he went missing
Rochester, N.Y. - A number of people called 911 dispatch Thursday morning, reporting that a young boy was on 490 Eastbound near the South Avenue exit ramp between 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. One witness believes that boy was Trevyan Rowe, and he was standing on the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge.
“Another call with a different description of a person of 490 Eastbound at the South Ave. exit for a male black that's wearing black clothing that's walking up the exit ramp that's getting onto the expressway," a dispatcher can be heard saying in police scanner audio from that morning.
A few minutes later, there was another call.
"There's been another call for a male in a black hoodie, says he climbed over the guardrail near the South Avenue exit," said the dispatcher on this call. "So it maybe the same guy who crawled over the rail."
One witness, Kimberly Abarmow, was on her way driving to work when she locked eyes with a boy she believes was 14-year-old Trevyan Rowe, standing on the bridge around 8 a.m.
"He was on the opposite side of the rail, the wrong side,” she said. "I saw his eyes. That is forever going to stick in my mind. I'm sorry, his eyes were just very wide. He looked scared."
Abarmow said she had a gut feeling that something was terribly wrong and called 911 immediately.
“He was in a very dangerous spot,” she said. “They said they would send an officer down.”
All of this happened before Rowe was even reported missing to police. But when Abarmow saw his surveillance photo on Friday, she was certain that was the same boy she saw on the bridge.
“I knew it was him,” she said. “It was the same kid. I checked with a co-worker who also saw the kid. This was a third co-worker; she confirmed that it was him.”
Rowe, who had autism, apparently walked away from School No.12 around 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Police found Rowe’s body in the Genesee River Sunday afternoon.
"Horrible,” Abarmow said. “I cried all last night. I felt guilty at first, that maybe I should have gone back. He's autistic. He doesn't talk to people. I don't know if I would have made a difference."
Abarmow said it wasn't until Saturday when investigators contacted her about what she saw - something she wishes they could have done sooner.
"I just feel if the district reported him missing when the calls came into 911, they would have put it together,” she said. “They would have known it's an autistic child, and not just some random child goofing off on the bridge, and this is serious. Maybe they would have searched the waters then."
Abarmow said the worst part of this is Rowe was found in the same spot she reported to police, and that Trevyan's mother had to wait four days for police find her son.