CLARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A missing New Jersey teenager who posted a disturbing message online that prompted thousands of calls to 911 over the weekend was seen on surveillance video buying a train ticket in Rahway.
Kara Alongi, 16, bought a NJ TRANSIT ticket to Penn Station Sunday evening, Clark Police Chief Alan Scherb said in a statement on Tuesday.
The teen has been missing since Sunday after she posted a message on her Twitter account that alluded to an intruder in her house around 6:20 p.m, police said.
“There is somone in my hour ecall 911,” the message read.
Alongi gained hundreds of followers after tweeting the message and the hashtag “helpfindkara” trended on the social network. The tweet also prompted over 6,000 calls to 911.
Her parents returned home about an hour after the message was posted on Twitter, police said. They immediately called the authorities when they saw their daughter was gone.
Police are treating the incident as a missing person’s case and not a criminal investigation after discovering that someone called for a taxi at the teen’s address around the same time the message was posted on Twitter.
A cab driver positively identified Alongi as the passenger he picked up and drove to the Rahway Train Station, police said
“We continue to work with NJ TRANSIT to review video available at the train stations,” Scherb said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Clark Police Department or send an anonymous tip to Union County Crime Stoppers at 908-654-TIPS, www.uctip.org or text UCTIP plus a message to 274637.
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