Sneha Anne Philip
Doctor working at hospital on Staten Island
Married to Ron Lieberman, also a doctor
Rented an apartment in Manhattan, a few blocks from the WTC.
September 10, 2001
Ron went to work. Sneha had 10th and 11th off.
She stayed home doing chores to prepare for a visit from a cousin two days later.
Had a two hour IM chat w/ Mom; mentioned plan to visit Windows on the World.
At 4 pm, she signed off, dropped off clothes at dry cleaner, and made a large purchase at Century 21 department store using their American Express card..
Security camera footage captured here is last evidence of her existence.
Ron returned to the apartment after midnight. Sneha wasn’t there.
He figured she was out late or would be staying out all night, which had apparently become a habit.
Determined to tell her to call so he’d know she was okay, then went to bed.
September 11, 2001
Around 4 am, there was an unknown call placed from the apartment landline to Ron’s cell phone.
He thinks that in his sleep he may have used the house phone to check his cell phone voicemail, but isn’t sure.
Ron got up at 6:30; Sneha still not home. He went to work.
At 8:46, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North tower of the WTC.
At 9:03, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South tower.
At 9:59, the South tower collapsed, burned for 56 minutes.
At 10:28, the North tower collapsed, burned for 102 minutes.
A huge cloud of dust and rubble filled the area.
It took Ron forever to get home, and when he finally did, he found no evidence that Sneha had come home.
A huge amount of dust had come through the open windows, but only cat tracks, no human tracks.
Ron reported her missing, but thousands of people were reported missing that day and so her disappearance didn’t make a big splash.
Her brother told reporters that he had last spoken to her during the attack and that she had suggested she would go to help, since she was a doctor.
This was a lie to try and get people to pay attention.
Instead, she just got lumped in with the other missing people.
Ron didn’t believe she died in the attacks.
He found out that Sneha had been seen the evening of the 10th by a Century 21 employee, who claimed to have seen Sneha with another woman, possibly Indian.
When Ron found the security footage, she was alone.
Ron hired a private investigator named Gallant.
Gallant found security camera footage from the lobby of the apartment on the morning of the 11th, timestamped 843 am, around the time Ron said Sneha normally came home from her nights out.
Could have been Sneha, but there was poor contrast and sunlight that kept her from being positively identified.
The woman didn’t have bags from the shopping trip.
She looks as if she’s going to get on the elevator, but then abruptly leaves, presumably because of Flight 11’s crash into the North tower.
Gallant found no evidence of Sneha trying to flee.
Instead suggested that she saw the attack and then, being so close, rushed to the scene to help wherever she could, eventually dying in the towers or as a result of their collapse.
It took awhile before NYPD could investigate.
When they did, they came to a different conclusion.
They found that earlier in the year, Sneha had worked at a different hospital called Cabrini, and had been fired due to repeated tardiness and alcohol related issues.
Shortly thereafter, went out to a bar with coworkers.
She claimed that a fellow coworker touched her inappropriately, but she was charged with falsely reporting an incident and was held in jail overnight.
After being fired, she started spending nights out at gay and lesbian bars.
NYPD stated that sometimes she left with women.
Police also claim her brother walked in on Sneha having sex with the brother’s girlfriend, but he denies this.
At her new job at the hospital on Staten Island, she was having similar problems as at Cabrini. She was off work on the 10th and 11th because she was suspended for missing an appointment with a substance abuse counselor.
On the morning of the 10th, she was formally arraigned for the charge of falsely reporting an incident.
At the courthouse, she fought loudly with Ron about her problems and all the nights out.
NYPD basically suggested that something else had happened to Sneha. Either she’d met an unseemly character while out on the 10th, or she had fled her life due to mounting issues.
Ron and the rest of Sneha’s family dispute the NYPD investigation.
They claimed she’d been fired from Cabrini due to being a whistleblower regarding racial and sexual prejudice.
Ron also claimed that her visits to lesbian bars were a result of her not wanting to be inappropriately touched by a coworker again, and that when she went home with women, they never had sex.
He agreed that she’d been drinking quite a bit, but stated that this was a temporary situation due to her depression regarding being fired from Cabrini.
Ron claimed that they never had a fight at the courthouse, and Sneha’s brother said that he never caught Sneha having sex with his girlfriend.
Was she a 9/11 victim?
There is no clear evidence of her being at the towers, but also no clear evidence that she wasn’t. (No physical remains have been found for over 1000 of the nearly 3000 victims of the attacks)
Eventually, her name was added to the list of victims at the memorial and she was declared the 2751st victims of the attack in New York.
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