Seven years after September 11, 2001, Dr. Sneha Anne Philip officially listed as the 2,751th victim of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans. Yet her disappearance remains one of the most lasting mysteries of 9/11. On the afternoon of September 10, 2001, the 31-year-old doctor left her apartment in Battery Park City, never to be seen again.
The last photo ever taken of Sneha was captured by camera footage as she bought a dress, lingerie, tights, bedding, and three pairs of shoes from the Century 21 department store, a few blocks from her home in downtown Manhattan .
The 31-year-old Sneha Anne Philip was last seen on the evening of September 10, 2001. She is officially listed as a victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks
Her husband, Ron Lieberman, came home from work around midnight that night to an empty apartment. Although strange, it was not uncommon for Sneha to stay out late with friends. By the time his alarm went off the following morning on September 11, 2001, Sneha was still not home. A few hours later, American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, just a few blocks from the one-bedroom apartment of the couple in Tribecca.
The city fell into chaos, Lieberman tried to call his wife from work and got the answering machine. Panic began to settle when no one in Sneha & # 39; s family had heard of her. The last time Lieberman saw his wife was the previous morning when he kissed her goodbye before leaving for work in the Bronx where he was an intern at the Jacobi Medical Center. He hurried back to his apartment in an ambulance to find Sneha, but the journey in busy traffic lasted six hours. By 9 pm he went past the rubble and the destruction to his building, but the front doors were closed without electricity. He was forced to give up and spend a sleepless night on a friends bench in nearby West Village before finally going home on the morning of September 12.
Sneha Philip and her husband Ron Lieberman met in 1995 as students at the Chicago Medical School, both moved to New York after graduating for internships. The two finally married in May 2000 before Philip went missing the night before the 9/11 terrorist attacks
Sneha Philip poses with her father on graduation day. Philip was close to both parents, but in the afternoon she disappeared, Philip spent two hours with her mother via instant messenger before she got out to do the shopping, never to be seen again
Sneha grew up in Albany, New York, where she was known for her gregarious personality
Gray soot covers every surface in his apartment. There was no sign of Sneha; only the paw prints that their cats had laid in the dust surface. At 10 a.m. on September 10, 2001, Sneha sent her mother an innocent instant message that became a two-hour conversation online.
The parents of Sneha and Lieberman hired a private investigator to find her last steps back on the day she was missing. Between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sneha had an innocent conversation with her mother via instant messenger on the computer, where she ruled her weekend parties and discussed her upcoming plans for the week. Sneha said she wanted to come by the windows of the Wold restaurant on top of the World Trade Center later in the week because her boyfriend would marry at the famous location in the spring.
Sneha used Ron & # 39; s credit card to charge the items she bought from Century 21 at around 6 p.m. A sales representative in the shoe department remembers seeing Sneha with a friend whom she described as dark-skinned petite and in her early thirties, but the video footage from an hour earlier showed Sneha shopping alone. This mysterious friend never came forward.
The private investigator combed through Sneha's favorite bars and local meeting places, taking pictures of her to the ferry port in the hope that someone might remember seeing him on or before September 11. . Taking into account the items that Sneha has purchased at Century 21 (lingerie, tights and sheets); he speculated that she might be planning for an upcoming tryst, but all leads were short.
The shopping bags were never recovered and since the soot in the apartment has remained essentially untouched, it can be deduced that Sneha never returned to her apartment after the terrorist attacks. The most convincing evidence in the case came from the security camera of the apartment building. Recordings made a few minutes before the first plane hit the World Trade Center, show a woman similar to Sneha in the lobby, but the powerful morning sun darkened the image enough to make it difficult for Ron to be sure. It captures the woman waiting for the elevator before she inexplicably turns to leave; some suspect that it was possible that Sneha heard a loud bang and went outside to see what happened.
Eventually, the Sneha family began to accept that she most likely died while using her medical expertise to help the wounded in the immediate aftermath of the first crash. They bundled a theory based on the small indirect evidence that the private investigator had discovered – maybe Sneha went for a drink after she went shopping and knowing that Ron was working late, she decided to spend the night at her friend's place . Maybe she returned home the next morning after Ron had already left for work, but just when the first plane hit the North Tower. The theory had holes; for example – the woman on the video tape did not carry shopping bags. Anyway, their version of events was how they wanted Sneha to be remembered: a hero.
Ron Lieberman and Sneha Philip married in 2001 during a Jewish-Indian celebration. Reports from the NYPD would later show that Sneha was engaged in extra-marital affairs with women while in lesbian bars in New York City
Sneha poses with her two brothers in an undated photo
The life of Sneha Philip began to unravel in the months prior to her disappearance. She was released from her job as an intern at Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan for alcohol abuse and inertia. She was later suspended because of her second job because she did not seek alcohol advice. Sneha also had an ongoing indictment against her, which led the police to speculate that she could have used the opportunity in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to disappear from her difficult life and start again somewhere else
By October 2003, Ron filed a claim with the Victims Compensation Fund; the family was finally ready to close the tragic chapter in their history. However, the likelihood of closure for the Philip family would inevitably be postponed in the course of lengthy protracted legal battles.
Around this time, the NYPD started their own investigation into the Sneha case with shocking findings that would only deepen the mystery. Their report suggested that Sneha had lived an illegal double life in the months prior to her disappearance on September 10, 2001. Details pointed to alleged drug and alcohol abuse, extra-marital affairs with women, and ongoing criminal charges where she was accused of filing a false criminal complaint at the Manhattan District Attorney office.
Police concluded that Sneha & # 39; s led a risky lifestyle that most likely resulted in her victim of cheating sometime in the evening of September 10. They also suggested that she could have taken the opportunity in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 chaos to disappear from her troubled life and start over somewhere else; but this theory was canceled out by the fact that Sneha had left her glasses, passport, driver's license, and credit cards. And there is no record of her withdrawing money from their accounts after September 10.
It is true that Sneha & # 39; s professional life seemed to get out of hand in the run-up to her disappearance. In the spring of 2001, she was fired from her job as a medical intern at the Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan because of slowness and & # 39; alcohol related issues & # 39 ;. Not long afterwards she was involved in a discussion in the barroom that resulted in her spending a night in prison. Her alleged struggle with depression and alcohol also began to affect her new job at the St. Vincent & # 39; s Medical Center on Staten Island, where she was suspended because she had not been in contact with a drug addict.
Judicial and police documents painted a completely different picture than the healthy heroic doctor who died while rescuing others. They revealed that Sneha & # 39; often stayed out all night with individuals (unknown to her husband) whom she met in different bars. & # 39; This explained why Ron was not immediately alerted when Sneha did not come home on the morning of the 11th. Sneha preferred lesbian institutions such as Julies in Midtown Manhattan or Henrietta Hudson & Meow Mix. Ron admitted that it was known that Sneha occasionally went home with women she met in bars, but insisted that it was always innocent. In 2006, he told New York Magazine: "These allegations that she is bisexual are ridiculous … Because we don't have a conservative lifestyle, it doesn't mean that something abnormal is going on. I'm a musician. I have been going to bars and clubs all my life. It does not mean that these things are dangerous activities. & # 39;
Sneha & # 39; s husband Ron handed out flyers after her mysterious disappearance, which eventually led to an eyewitness who said she was seen with a friend while shopping at the Century 21 department store in downtown Manhattan. This woman never came forward
Sneha (back row) poses with her parents, husband and two brothers. The NYPD claimed in their report that Sneha & # 39; s brother John admitted to a researcher that he was walking into his bedroom & # 39; & # 39; The family claims that the police made up this story completely
Indeed, the last time Ron Lieberman ever saw his wife was on the morning of September 10, when he accompanied Sneha to her trial where she pleaded not guilty of accusing her of filing a false complaint. Months before, Sneha accused a male employee of improperly touching her during a job, but research showed that this was not true. She was arrested and spent another night behind bars.
The damning police report also claimed that Sneha stormed the courthouse on September 10 after the couple had a fight over her alleged drug abuse and extra marital matters. Ron denies that this ever happened. The parents of Sneha disputed the allegations that the police had made against their daughter. They claimed that Sneha was fired from her job at Cabrini on the basis of racial and sexual preference and claimed that her life and career were on schedule after a short period of depression.
Based on the findings of the police report, a judge from the Surrogate Court removed Sneha Philip from the list of 9/11 victims in 2004; stating her "personal and professional problems" together with a lack of sufficient evidence to prove her place of residence on the morning of September 11. This was a devastating blow to the Sneha family.
Ron Lieberman told New York Magazine: "… even if she did all of these things, it doesn't explain what happened." He believed that the perfect murder on the same day that 3,000 people died also seemed an unlikely coincidence. "Crimes like this don't happen in Lower Manhattan, that someone is killed by a murder and they don't find the body," Ron said. "Murderers are usually stupid, they leave clues. A body will come up. Sneha has just disappeared. Gone, gone, gone, without a trace. The only thing that makes sense is that she was burned in the World Trade Center. & # 39;
The Sneha Philip family continued to fight for five years for the legacy of their daughter – suffering in a million blows. Finally, a court of appeal in 2008 reversed the decision of the Surrogate Court in 2004. Justice David Saxe wrote about his decision. & # 39; Even without direct evidence that irrefutably finds that her route brought her to the World Trade Center that morning at the time of the attack, evidence shows that she is very likely to have died that morning and at that location, while only the best speculation leads to a different conclusion. & # 39;
Sneha Anne Philip officially became the 2751st victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. Her name is included among the 3,000 others in the monument that honors those who have lost their lives in downtown Manhattan is "a source of comfort for the family," said a lawyer who represented the Sneha case in 2008.
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