Police say missing New Jersey girl’s tweet about someone in her house was a hoax
Clark, NJ, United States (4E) – A 16-year-old New Jersey girl who begged her Twitter followers to “call 911″ last Sunday because a stranger was in her house is believed by police to have actually ran away from home.
According to authorities, they are confident that Kara Alongi, who is still missing, voluntarily left home and for some reasons, led Twitter users to believe she had been abducted.
It was around 6:15 p.m. when Alongi sent the desperate tweet “there is somone in my hour ecall 911″.
The teen’s family informed the police after returning to their Clark home from a sporting event and discovering her gone.
The Clark Police Department responded immediately with K-9 units tracking Alongi’s scent from their back door, through a neighbor’s yard and around the corner after which the scent went cold.
Investigators examined the teen’s house but found no signs of foul play or abduction.
It was later confirmed that someone called a taxi company for a pickup at Kara’s address and a cab driver claimed that he dropped off a girl matching Kara’s description at the Rahway train station nearby.
Clark Police Chief Alan Scherb said that “Kara might feel that she will be in trouble if she comes home after this scare and causing a panic. At this point all everyone cares about is seeing her safe and at her house where she belongs.”
Her grandmother, Toni Alongi, characterized her as respectful and sensitive, and that it is not like her to run away.
Alongi’s Twitter account has not been updated since the alleged cry for help, however, she has acquired more than 98,000 followers in less than 24 hours. Twitter users turned the hashtag “#helpfindkara” into a national rage although others doubted the truth of her story.
Police has not issued the Amber Alert system as the case is being investigated as a juvenile runaway case.
Anyone with information about Kara Alongi’s whereabouts is asked to contact Clark Police at 732-388-3434.