CLARK — Sixteen-year-old township resident Kara Alongi, missing since Sunday evening, has been found safe and is back with her family according to Mayor Sal Bonaccorso.
According to a statement released by Police Chief Alan Scherb, New Jersey State Police troopers found Alongi walking along the side of the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 1 at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Alongi was taken to a hospital in South Jersey for an evaluation, as dictated by protocol, Scherb said. Her family was notified and they were reunited at the hospital last night. Alongi has been released from hospital care and returned home this morning, officials said.
“The investigation by the Clark Police Department remains active and detectives will seek to determine the teen’s whereabouts and methods of transportation over the last 48 hours,” Scherb said in the statement.
“I would like to thanks Chief Alan Scherb and all the members of the Clark Police Department, the New Jersey State Police and all the other agencies in New Jersey for the concern and help over the past several days,” Bonaccorso said. “I am especially happy that the Alongi family has been reunited with their daughter, and I ask all citizens of Clark and members of the media to respect their privacy in the upcoming days and weeks.”