Mitt Romney Set Up A Command Center To Help Find Partner’s Missing Daughter-Truth!


Summary of eRumor:

This is a forwarded email about Governor Mitt Romney that says when his business partner’s fourteen year old daughter went missing that Romney halted all business at Bain Capital, asked all employees to fly to New York City to help find the missing teen.

The Truth:

The story is true according to an article written by Ronald Kessler in the April 2012 edition of Newsmax magazine.

The article said that in 1996 Robert Gay’s fourteen year old daughter had been missing for thee days after she attended a rave in New York City.  His Bain Capital business partner, Mitt Romney, intervened to help find her.  Romney shut down operations at Bain, set up a command center, hired a private investigation firm and called all 30 employees to fly New York office to assist in locating Gay’s missing daughter.   Romney also contacted clients and affiliates of Bain for additional assistance.   One client, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, printed and put up flyers on street poles around the city.  Another company, owned by Bain, had a photo of the missing girl with contact information printed on shopping bags.

The girl was found alive but suffering from the symptoms of detoxing from a massive dose of the drug ecstasy in a basement of a house in Montville Township, New Jersey.  Police managed to trace a telephone call made by young male inquiring about a reward to that location.

Robert Gay’s account of the story has been used in a political advertisement for Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

updated 02/06/12

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

On Romney’s character….

In July 1996, the 14-year-old daughter of Robert Gay, a partner at Bain Capital, had disappeared. She had attended a rave party in New York City and had become high on ecstasy. Three days later, her distraught father had no idea where she was. Mitt Romney closed down the entire firm and asked all 30 partners and employees to fly to New York to help find Gay’s daughter. Romney set up a command center at the LaGuardia Marriott and hired a private detective firm to assist with the search. He established a toll-free number for tips, coordinating the effort with the NYPD, and went through his Rolodex and called everyone Bain did business with in New York, and asked them to help find his friend’s missing daughter. Romney’s accountants at Price Waterhouse Cooper put up posters on street poles, while cashiers at a pharmacy owned by Bain put fliers in the bag of every shopper. Romney and the other Bain employees scoured areas of New York City on foot and talked with everyone they could – prostitutes, drug addicts – anyone.

That day, their hunt made the evening news, which featured photos of the girl and the Bain employees searching for her. As a result, a teenage boy phoned in, asked if there was a reward, and then hung up abruptly. The NYPD traced the call to a home in New Jersey, where they found the girl in a stranger’s basement, shivering and experiencing withdrawal symptoms from a massive ecstasy dose. Doctors later said the girl might not have survived another day. Romney’s former partner credits him with saving his daughter’s life, saying, “I’ll never forget this.”

So, here’s an epiphany: Mitt Romney simply can’t help himself. He sees a problem, and sets to work solving it. He doesn’t do it for self-aggrandizement or for personal gain – he does it because that’s just how he’s wired.

Many people are unaware of the fact that when Romney was asked by his old employer, Bill Bain, to come back to Bain & Company as CEO to rescue the firm from bankruptcy, Romney left Bain Capital to work at Bain & Company for an annual salary of one dollar.

When Romney went to the rescue of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, he accepted no salary for three years, and wouldn’t use an expense account.

He also accepted no salary as Governor of Massachusetts.

Character counts