ON THE TRAIL OF A MENTALLY ILL BROTHER, LOST IN BROOKLYN
SEPT. 5, 2015 | Photographer, Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

EVER SINCE THEY WERE CHILDREN,Aukejshia Boyce-Gaskins made sure to look out for her younger half brother, Birshon Daley.

Their mother, addicted to crack cocaine, dumped them with their great-grandmother when Ms. Boyce-Gaskins was 10 and her brother was 2. Ms. Boyce-Gaskins helped raise Mr. Daley in a small town in Georgia, even taking him in after she graduated from high school. Eventually, she sent him to live with his father in Brooklyn. But then came his diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. His father died. Almost three years ago, he disappeared. read more