UPDATE 10/23/17 – Authorities have stated that Nick Pratico’s body has been found. He apparently died of a suicide. An investigation will be done to confirm his cause of death.
Nick Pratico, of Hamilton, New Jersey was last seen at Mercer County Community College on Sept. 20, 2017 around 3 p.m. He was seen walking, and then went beyond the reach of the cameras. He was there to take a test to become enrolled, he was not in a class. He was last seen wearing a light blue t-shirt, black pants and carrying a blue backpack.
The family launched a Facebook page.
Good Morning Everyone,
We would like to say thank you to everyone who has sent us kind words, prayers, and wishes for Nicky’s safe return home. Even if we do not get the chance to respond to everyone, please know that we are seeing them and that we are very grateful for the support that you are sending Nicky’s way.
We are going on the 7th day, and still we have not found Nicky. We want to encourage everyone to continue spreading the word and keeping an eye out for Nicky, because this search is not over until he is home, safe and sound. If you know, have heard, or have seen anything in regards to Nicholas and his whereabouts, please do not hesitate to reach out and let the police and ourselves know. We ask that you also please continue to pray, search, and hope that Nicky is safe and will be found.
And to Nicky, wherever you are:
As you know, we love you infinitely. You are the light in our lives and in everyone’s life that you come across. We hope that those big, wondrous brown eyes of yours are still filled with wonder and magic. We want to know that you are safe. You are a son, a brother, a grandson, a cousin, a nephew, a friend, a best friend, a teammate, a fellow performer, a leader, a child at heart, a lover, and most importantly, a fighter. We just want to know that you are okay. And we want to know that you are fighting, if you need to be. Every hour of every day has been spent thinking about you and praying for you.
“I pray you’ll be our eyes. And watch us where we go. And help us to be wise, in times when we don’t know. Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way. Lead us to a place, guide us with your grace, to a place where we’ll be safe”
We love you Nicky, forever and always
Daddy, Mommy, Marky, Marysa, Grandmom, and Alfie
The search continues..
“Please view and share these photos of Nicholas Pratico taken from the Mercer County Community College surveillance system, moments before he went missing,” Hamilton police said in a statement that accompanied the release of surveillance images. “We ask anyone who attended the college or rode any local public transportation on September 20th to call any of the following numbers.”
Anyone with information may call the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008 or Detective Lenny Gadsby at 609-581-4032 or Detective Frank Burger at 609-581-4010.