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ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca Police Department (IPD) is searching for a missing 22-year-old from the City of Ithaca, who was last seen on May 31, 2022, and reported missing Thursday afternoon by an associate.

Valentine Garcia Domenic, or “Val” is described as Hispanic, 5 foot 8 inches tall, approximately 180 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair, and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, black mesh shorts and blue Tommy Hilfiger slides. Domenic was also formerly known as “Brian Mederos.”

Domenic is known to frequent local natural areas, several of which officers have searched. Additional resources are being called in Friday morning to resume searching local areas.

Anyone with information is asked to contact IPD at (607) 330-0000 or at

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at