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Disappearance Of TCNJ Student Being Treated As Missing Persons Case

College Senior Has Not Been Seen Last Tuesday
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Paige Aiello (credit: Family handout via Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Paige Aiello (credit: Family handout via Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There is still no sign of the College of New Jersey senior who has been missing for more than a week.

New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Division has joined the effort to find Paige Aiello.

Aiello was reported missing after a passer-by called her parents to say she found Aiello’s belongings on the south walkway of the George Washington Bridge on April 9, authorities said.

“In fact they’re on their way to the GW Bridge area,” Aiello’s father Christopher Aiello told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.

Paige Aiello’s car keys, cell phone and purse were found on the bridge walkway after she left her Hillsborough home last Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities said Aiello took a train into Penn Station. Surveillance footage shows she eventually walked out onto Seventh Avenue.

“From that time, we have not been able to see whether there were any cameras or anything on the New York City streets,” Christopher Aiello said.

He added it’s unclear whether Paige took a cab, subway or walked to the bridge. No one reported seeing anyone jump from the bridge on the evening of April 9.

Police are treating this as a missing persons case since no suicide note has been found.

“There was no body and so forth,” Aiello told Putney.

Christopher Aiello said the emphasis shifted just in the past day or two from possible suicide.

Paige Aiello’s friends have hung pictures of her around town and have used social media to try to locate the 22-year-old.

The family has also hired a private investigator.

Anyone with information on Aiello’s disappearance is asked to call the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 575-3300, Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at (888) 577-TIPS(8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either Crime Stoppers or TIPS HOTLINE. All calls are confidential.

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