17 years later father wants answers
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Rochester man is pleading with the community to help him find his missing son. Ray Bradley’s son, Jonathan “Johnny” Granison-Bradley went missing 17 years ago Tuesday at the age of 20.
"Right now I’m just angry. Just real angry,” said Bradley. "You know, you think about how the whole process went, how everything happened, and you just replay it over and over.”
In May 2005, Johnny checked himself into Strong Memorial Hospital for a condition he’d had since he was a small child. He’d needed a special type of medicine to treat his condition.
"He went to the hospital, they got him back feeling good and they released him 7 o’clock on May 3rd, 2005, and that’s the last anybody’s seen him," said Bradley.
Johnny had driven himself to the hospital in a car he was borrowing from his grandmother. When Johnny was discharged after treatment, no one knows what happened.
Two days after Johnny was discharged, Bradley and family members found the car that Johnny had been driving near a building in the area of Thorndale Terrace and West Ave, just a few miles from the hospital. They immediately notified Rochester Police of their discovery.
"Four or five hours, they never showed up," said Bradley. "They didn’t make it a crime scene, they didn’t dust it for prints, they didn’t open the trunk, they didn’t do anything but tow the car out of there."
Then, another clue, this time from out of state.
"Also after he went missing, his advantage bank card was used in Florida to purchase McDonald’s and try to rent a car…the cop that handled the case, he didn’t even do any follow-ups with that information,” said Bradley.
Unlike other missing person cases, Johnny’s case did not get a lot of public attention.
"It hurts to be slapped in the face, especially if your kid’s been missing longer,” said Bradley. When News10NBC’s Emily Putnam asked him why he thinks this case didn’t garner as much support from the community, police, and the press, he said: "I’ma say it how I feel it. Systemic racism is alive and well. Bottom line."
In the past, Rochester Police have declined to comment on the allegations in Johnny’s case, but say it’s still an active investigation.
Today, Johnny would be 37 years old.
"It’s unbearable to have to keep dealing with this,” said Bradley. “And I know somebody out there in the public got an idea of what happened, and I just wish somebody would say something."
If you know anything about Jonathan Granison-Bradley’s disappearance or whereabouts, Bradley asks that you call either 911, 585-415-4507, or 585-328-4453.