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UPDATED: Clark Police Confident Alongi Left Voluntarily, Was Not Abducted

Alongi tweeted "There is somone in my hour ecall 911" around 6 p.m. Sunday night.

UPDATE, Wednesday, 11 a.m.: Runaway Clark Teen Kara Alongi Found Off Turnpike Near Exit 1, Brought Home This Morning

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.: In a new release, Clark Police Chief Alan Scherb says a cab driver has identified Alongi and says he dropped her at Rahway train station last night. Read the full statement, here.

UPDATE, 8:39 a.m.: In a phone interview with Patch, Clark Police Chief Alan Scherb said that police are now certain, based on information they found overnight, Alongi left her home voluntarily and no abduction took place. She is still missing.

"She is currently still missing, but we are now confident she left voluntarily," Scherb told Patch. "No abduction, no foul play. We are now investigating this as a missing runaway juvenile."

Scherb says police are continuing to persue leads they found over the night as to Alongi's path and whereabouts, but could not reveal what those leads were as of yet, only stating that they are now certain she left voluntarily.

Scherb says Alongi has not contacted police or her family.

Original Story, 7 a.m.

Kara Alongi, the 16-year-old Arthur L. Johnson junior who tweeted "There is somone in my hour ecall 911" before disappearing Sunday evening, is still missing Monday morning according to Clark Police.

"We still don't know whether she ran away or if there was any foul play," Clark Police Chief Alan Scherb told Patch as police investigated Alongi's home on Hall Drive last night. "There are no obvious signs of a break-in and the home was not ransacked. The door was open. Kara, if you see this, please contact your parents or Clark Police. You will not be in trouble. We are concerned for your safety."

A group of about 20 of Alongi's family, friends and neighbors stood waiting outside the home late into the evening as police were photographing and investigating, while at the same time the search for Alongi went viral on Twitter. At one point in the evening, #helpfindkara was the number three Twitter trend worldwide and her Twitter profile now has more than 90K followers.

A canine unit from the Sheriff's Department was called in, but Scherb says the dog picked up her scent and walked the neighborhood but was broken off after not finding a further trail. Scherb would not confirm whether or not Alongi's phone was found in the home.

A friend of the family says Alongi's family was at her younger brother's sporting event at the time and Alongi was home alone. Alongi's grandmother, Toni Alongi, describes her as respectful, sensitive, and says it is not like her to run away.

Anyone with any information about Alongi's whereabouts should call Clark Police at 732-388-3434.

We will continue to check in with Clark Police and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Olga E. October 03, 2012 at 12:42 AM
she needs to do a lot of municipal community service to pay back the expenses caused by this selfish hoax!!!
Olga E. October 03, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I wonder how far this story would have gone is this girl was pudgy and had crooked teeth? Or if she was a minority, this "News Flash" would not have even made it to the sideline news...
Olivia October 03, 2012 at 01:22 AM
agree with mr monde, if she truly wanted to escape a situation like abuse in the household, why make a tweet about a kidnapper? that just draws more unnecessary attention (already have attention from running away in the first place) and bringing police into the picture implies you want to be found...why would you want to be found if you're escaping? Unless she wanted to get the police involved to help her in her situation, in that case she could go straight to the police herself not tweet about it for everyone to see. On another note I'd just like to emphasize that we know for a fact she did willingly leave...I don't understand why people are still discussing or even mentioning the possibility of her getting kidnapped. Unless there is some elaborate conspiracy plan thing going on where she had to stage this because she got herself in a bad situation, but that's a hollywood movie. It looks like (from the facts given to us) that for a cry for attention she posted a fake tweet and then left for who knows what reason. I do sympathize for the fact she is still missing because I don't know how she's coping on her own or where she's staying, what she's encountered, what she's going through, what she's feeling etc and clearly something must be wrong for her to pull a stunt like this. However once she's found, consequences must be put in place for what she's caused internationally - financially, emotionally with the tweet.
Mr monde October 03, 2012 at 01:43 AM
sad but soo true
madamson October 03, 2012 at 03:16 PM
So apparently they have found her. NJ State Police picked her up walking along the side of the NJ Turnpike by Exit 1 yesterday afternoon and she's been reunited w/her family. I am happy for her family and her friends. And a HUGE thanks should go out to the law enforcement officers, all of them, who assisted in the search for her.

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