It was unclear what prompted Wilnery Polanco-Uben to kill herself after skipping school on Monday. Suicide by someone so young is rare.
Landlord Bobby Singh said he heard screaming in the Croes Ave. apartment about 7 p.m., ran downstairs and found the girl’s mother in hysterics.
“She said her daughter was missing. Everyone in the building began searching for her,” he said.
“We opened the door in the apartment, but no one saw her. We looked outside. We looked everywhere.
“After about 20 minutes, my cousin looked at their apartment again and that’s when he saw her. She was hanging behind the door, but no one noticed because the door was opened and she was behind it.”
Another neighbor said the mother then ran out of the building screaming, “My daughter is choking. Help! Help.”
The mother was so distraught, she had to be taken away by ambulance and was being treated at Bronx Lebanon Hospital.
Police sources said Wilnery sent friends suicidal text messages hours before she killed herself.
She “wasn’t happy with her life and talked about hating the way things were going in her life,” one source said.
Police said there is no evidence of bullying, but nothing has been ruled out.