NJ Parents Make Desperate Plea In Effort To Find Missing Daughter

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The family of a New Jersey teen who hasn’t been seen since Monday morning is making a desperate plea to the public for help to find the 18-year-old.

Sarah Townsend, a senior in high school, disappeared without a trace. Now a $10,000 reward is being offered in hopes it will lead to information of her whereabouts.

Roy Wayne Townsend, the girl’s father, broke down in tears when speaking to CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

“I think she’s still out there,” he said. “Please Sarah, if you need help honey, you come home. Everything’s okay.”

Search teams with blood hounds have been combing a park and pond in Burlington Township, where the teenager’s car was discovered Monday morning with her cell phone and bag inside.

“We want her home. If you’re out there Sarah, please make contact with us and let us know you’re safe. If anybody sees her, please call the police even if you think it might have been her. It’s that one person that can make such a difference,” Townsend’s mother, Laurie, said.

Townsend was on her way to school, which is about 20 minutes away from her home in Monmouth County. It was her boyfriend who found the teen’s car.

Authorities also said the bubbly and bright teenager may have been struggling emotionally. Lieutenant Richard Sweeney told reporters there was “ongoing insecurity between her and her boyfriend.” Apparently Townshend felt as though she was more into her boyfriend than he was into her.

Investigators have also removed some items from Townsend’s home, including cell phone records and her computer. Townsend’s mother said her family has been overwhelmed by the community’s response and say their daughter would never intentionally worry them.

“We’ve just been flooded with a lot of love and Sarah if you’re out there, so many people love you and they care,” she said.

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  • http://Google Philly

    If people would follow the story the young girl texted the boyfriend and told him to meet her there that’s how he found her car and she also left a note in the car I think he is innocent also but idk how someone can take their life by drowning

  • Meredith

    Isn’t it usually the guilty boyfriend or the guilty husband who always seems to find the car or body?

  • Micha

    My prayers go out to the family and I hope this girls comes home OK. I feel like the boyfriend may have been involved, btu I am sure that was the first lead the investigators followed. Are we sure this girl didn’t run away? I know she left her car, phone and purse, but I read about a case very similar to this and it turned out the girl just wanted to run away and start over. At any rate, I hope she’s OK, wherever she is.

  • cmw

    My heart goes out to Sarah’s parents…I hope she is found soon and comes home!

  • Andre Barr

    May God please work miracles to find Sarah, a
    nd get her back safe to her family!

  • ham07

    gg get a life you sick puppy. what’s wrong with you, mama never gave you enough love.

    Moderator please remove his post

  • J.Welsh

    Her boyfriend is my cousin. If you knew him you would not accuse him. Just because he found the car does not mean that he had anything to do with it. I know that he did NOT and would NOT hurt anyone especially Sarah. We all just need to pray for her safe return and comfort for her family and Matt.

  • Skipper

    RT – what’s this about being innocent until proven guilty? Perhaps she wants to test his feelings for her. She may have left her car at a place they often went. At this point everything is only speculation.

  • starr

    God Bless this family and help them find thier child.

  • Rodin

    Ditto. Ain’t that always the case….

  • RT

    Look at the Boyfriend more!!! If he found her car then he had something to do with it!!!

    • ABC

      the boyfriend didnt do it you are crazy. you dont know him like his friends and his mates do. dont judge a book by a cover RT you dont know the boyfriend and havent ever spoken to him. so looks dont prove someone had something to do with her disappearance. you dont think hes going through a hard time? dont think the police have already done an investigation through him or his things?

      your stupid for saying that haha

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