Police Investigating Where Alongi Went and Why, Determining If She'll Face Charges

Clark Police Chief Alan Scherb has said Alongi could, at the very least, face charges for creating a false public alarm.

UPDATE, Dec. 28, 2012: Kara Alongi Investigation Ongoing, State Police Release Her 911 Call - In her 911 call from a rest stop on the Turnpike, Alongi maintains she had been abducted, stating a black man forced her from her home. Regardless of Alongi's claims, Clark Police Chief Alan Scherb says the department stands by its assertion that Alongi was not abducted. Scherb says the investigation remains ongoing and could not reveal why the investigation has taken so long.


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Clark Police are still investigating where 16-year-old Kara Alongi went and why she left after tweeting "There is somone in my hour ecall 911" before vanishing Sunday evening and becoming a social media sensation.

Clark Police Chief Alan Scherb has said Alongi could, at the very least, face charges for creating a false public alarm. As of Thursday, Scherb told Patch the investigation is ongoing and police have no new details to reveal at this time. Alongi has not yet been charged with a crime.

Several people have mentioned to Patch that Alongi was blamed for police breaking up an underage drinking party in the days preceding her disappearance and was on the outs with friends.

"We have heard that, but we can't confirm that that is the reason she left," Scherb told Patch on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Scherb told Patch in an video interview that Alongi called 911 from a Burger King in a rest area near exit 1 on the New Jersey Turnpike and came outside to meet State Troopers when they arrived. She was in police custody around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, was taken to a South Jersey hospital for evaluation and was reunited with her parents, according to Scherb.

Scherb says Alongi was then transported to a hospital in our area where she stayed overnight and was escorted by police back to her home around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning with her family.

Scherb says Alongi was debriefed sometime on Wednesday as police try to determine her path and whereabouts over the 46 hours she was missing. The last sighting of Alongi was on an NJ Transit surveillance camera at the Rahway train station around 6:30 p.m. on Monday before she boarded a 6:47 p.m. train heading toward New York's Penn Station.

Clark Police released a statement around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning announcing that Alongi was found and had been brought home.

The story of Alongi's disappearance went viral on Twitter, with #helpfindkara trending at number three worldwide and now more than 100,000 followers on her Twitter profile (@KaraAlongi). Clark Police later determined Alongi left voluntarily, calling a cab to drop her at the Rahway train station. 

The Twitterverse has responded with vitriol now that Alongi's tweet has turned out to be a hoax, with many tweeting that she should be punished for causing such a stir.

We will continue to check in with Clark Police and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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UPDATE, Dec. 28, 2012: Kara Alongi Investigation Ongoing, State Police Release Her 911 Call - In her 911 call from a rest stop on the Turnpike, Alongi maintains she had been abducted, stating a black man forced her from her home. Regardless of Alongi's claims, Clark Police Chief Alan Scherb says the department stands by its assertion that Alongi was not abducted. Scherb says the investigation remains ongoing and could not reveal why the investigation has taken so long.

UPDATED: Clark PD Searching for Missing Girl Who Tweeted 'Call 911'

Sheila October 05, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Hey Bobby, i agree with you; capricious teenagers should not be allowed to walk away from their pranks without holding responsibility for it. It's like breaking into someone's house and then telling: "ha, ha, i was joking".
Shayla Booker October 05, 2012 at 12:35 PM
If she gets charges thats so bad. She probably had a lot going on and she ran away, why would anyone give her charges?
clyde donovan October 05, 2012 at 02:27 PM
She doesn't need to be charged with a crime. She needs some counseling. It's nice to see the girl is home and safe.
Olga E. October 05, 2012 at 02:48 PM
If she lived in any other town and was not a priviledged pretty white girl she would go to jail or AT LEAST get hefty fines AND community services. K 9 units, dozens of police officers pulled off the streets, detectives and investigations COST THE TOWN MONEY and never mind the blanket of fear she caused that knew no borders. My kids in cranford and friends in westfield were afraid to be alone in the house because of this selfish girl!
mrs anonymous October 05, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Has anyone ever even considered that maybe she is being bullied, or possibly having an issue that a sixteen year old is not able to deal with? She may have been afraid, NO ONE KNOWS! Think about your own children. Adults cannot even function in this crazy society, Technology is out of control. Kids are running the homes. Where are the parents who should be supervising what their kids do? They do not care! Facebook is not for kids an neither should twitter be. I blame parents for not being strict enough. These are just kids. They are clearly are not responsible enough to handle all this. I read some of the comments people wrote about her and it is disgraceful. Calling her names and saying she deserved to die and be kidnapped. Can you blame her for this?? PARENTS STOP BEING IN DENIAL AS TO WHAT YOUR KIDS ARE DOING AND REMEMBER YOU ARE THE PARENT! I HAVE 3 KIDS AND I DO MY BEST TO BE VERY ON TOP IF THEM WITHOUT SMOTHERING THEM! KNOW THEIR PASSWORDS TO ACCOUNTS AND PHONES. WHAT IS WRONG WITH U PEOPLE! KIDS ARE SO MEAN. POOR KARA!
Josephine October 05, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Agreed. She caused a lot of trouble for a LOT of people including her friends. Not feeling sorry for her one bit. wonder if she will be allowed to continue to participate in tennis matches for her school even though she broke multiple laws?????
Josephine October 05, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Maybe she bullied everyone else?
Samantha Nye October 05, 2012 at 06:36 PM
She is not a kid, people. She is close enough to adulthood that she knew what she was doing. I'm 18, not much older than she is so I know how teenagers are in this day and age. No one posts that they're abducted on a popular social networking site when they're not if they're having troubles at home. They wouldn't tell anyone anything at all. A girl the same age as Kara in my hometown ran away and before doing so she didn't say she was 'abducted', she deleted all her profiles. I'd understand if Kara just went missing, but she faked an abduction. That is not a cry for help, it's wanting attention. If you saw her tweets before the event, you'd see she was ungrateful and rude, telling people they're freaks because they're gay and and calling others fat whores. Yes, I think people should not be saying some of the horrible things they are saying about her, but I also believe she should take responsibility for her actions. What would it teacher her if she she was just let off the hook because she's 16 and "unable to make rational decisions"? I'm studying psychology and guess what, no matter what age you are, we all take the Heuristic way of thinking, our decision making is horrible as human beings. I know plenty of people who have been greatly punished for much less than this whose lives at home were horrifying. Once she hits 18, there will be much less mercy if she makes a bad decision. Wouldn't you want her to learn before the consequences are much worse?
Alison Buttons October 05, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Her twitter posts were disgusting and definitely lead me to believe that SHE is a bully, not the other way around. She should definitely face charges. It is not ok to do something like this. She wanted attention, and boy did she get it.
A. October 05, 2012 at 06:58 PM
If you looked at her twitter page, it was very clear she was not being bullied because SHE is a bully. Society now a days tells us that at 16 your pretty much an adult, you should be mature enough to know that faking your own kidnapping is not okay, I don't care if you have a bad home life or if your failing in school, terrifying everyone around you is not the way to go. Yes, what people were saying about her were way out of line, but if she is the child you say she is, then she needs to punished so she can learn from her mistakes, is that not how you go about parenting what is right and wrong? She needs to learn and set an example for everyone else that wasting polices valuable time is not okay. Just because some people said some mean things over the incredibly stupid and juvenile thing she did, does not mean that she can be excused for what she did. At 16 your old enough to know what is right and wrong, and she should have to live up to the consequences of her actions
Robert "Bobby" Giarusso October 05, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Because actions have consequences, Shayla. If someone is having financial troubles, does that justify them stealing from a store or robbing a bank? No, of course it does not. If an 8 year old did this, I would be more inclined to agree but she's a 16 year old and should have enough sense not to do such a thing. Now she has to repay her debt to society.
Robert "Bobby" Giarusso October 05, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I agree she needs counseling. And she can get counseling while she's at a juvenile detention facility.
Robert "Bobby" Giarusso October 05, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Mrs. Anonymous- Yes, I blame her for it because she's a 16 year old who should have known better. By holding her responsible for her actions we're doing a favor not only to her but for society. In 1999 two teenagers named Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold set out to school on a beautiful spring day in April and killed 12 students, a teacher, and injured another twenty people. Are you going to blame their actions on the fact they may have been bullied or played too many video games?
Jason October 05, 2012 at 09:24 PM
She is the Bully! Have you even read her previous comments on twitter? All I can say is, she is getting what she deserve.
Jason October 05, 2012 at 09:25 PM
16 year olds are not as innocent anymore. Where have you been? In Amish county?
TJ October 06, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Olga, why are you making this a racial issue?
TJ October 06, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Why are you making this a racial issue?
John M October 06, 2012 at 05:22 AM
your right she had alot going on, she just got kicked out of a party, ran home called cops on them for drinking, a party she was at. then the kids that got in trouble at party, kicked of school teams,also most important thing on her mind was who to blame. hope that poor boys family gets a lawyer and see ifthey can do anything to her dumb ass.
John M October 06, 2012 at 05:29 AM
from all of her prev. tweets she seems to be a bully. making fun of gays and blacks who the f--- does she think she is. no pitty for her. maybe if it was ur boy they were looking at for this u might think diff.
John M October 06, 2012 at 05:30 AM
u got it right
XXIV October 06, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Maybe she was bullied I can understand that but what child hasn't been bullied or bullied someone else. What issue could a SIXTEEN year old have to deal with. Clearly she still lives at home so her parents where taking care of her. If you talking mentally then okay I can understand that as well. But that's why there is places to seek medical help or therapy and according to her parents there was nothing wrong with her. They said she wasn't acting any different in the days leading to her FAKE kidnapping. Her parents would of notice a difference in there child if there was something wrong and or different about her. She left well enough on her own she knew what she was doing when she did it. She had money to buy a ticket for a train to go to NYC I mean come on let's not be blind by this. Not giving her charges is not only telling her but the rest of the world who I am sure is following this story that it's completely fine. If she get no charges it's like there saying "Okay Kara since you turned yourself in after 46 hours it's okay for you in the near future to FAKE being kidnapped again cause a FAKE public alarm and leave again and WASTE all of our TIME and RESOURCES" I think not. I also understand that Facebook and Twitter and other social networks are not for kids you can't just blame for having them blame the networks they can put and age limit on things not only that but parents can block access to sites but they don't do it.
XXIV October 06, 2012 at 10:12 AM
As for the naming calling and such okay I can understand that but the only reason why that even started happening is because she FAKED being kidnapped and the world found out. It wasn't right but people are entitled to there own opinion and if that's how they feel so be it. Who are we to judge what anyone has to say about another person we ain't nobody. I think it's funny how everyone here are voicing there opinions but some of you can sit here and act like you never said anything harsh or out of line to anyone in your life before. I know I have it wasn't right but in the end GOD will deal with me the way he wants to when my time comes but until then we ALL make mistakes not one of us here on this GOD green earth is perfect.
lisa October 06, 2012 at 03:16 PM
She obviously needs counseling. Something is wrong in her head to pull this stunt.
Concerned4Society October 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM
She needs both counseling and to be charged with a crime. She's old enough to accept responsibility for having used public resources, which could have been using their time on real crimes, as well as causing a great deal of worry to her family and friends. Frankly, she sounds like a spoiled brat who was trying to gain sympathy from friends by inventing a story to get her out of trouble with them. She plays on the school tennis team? Let's hope the administration of the school has the brains to kick her off the team...she obviously has no sense of fair play. She may need counseling, but I think appropriate punishment may very well be the answer here.
barbara October 07, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I do not as a parent of 3 girls believe she should get away with this....she is old enoigh to know what she did was wrong!! Yes a lot of money waisted and police time....but i don't believe she should go to jail!!!! Nobody knows but her if she has something going on in her head....kids like this commit suicide a lot!! She needs counciling & help...putting her jail will destroy her!! You can't compare a bank robbery or any other such crime to this disappearing act....the way that i always look at situations like this , is the children get home safe to their parents and are ALIVE....PLEASE PEOPLE IF THIS WAS YOUR LITTLE GIRL WHAT WOULD REALLY GO THROUGH YOUR HEAD AS A PARENT?? WOULD U PUT YOUR LITTLE GIRL IN JAIL SMH
clyde donovan October 07, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Why wasn't there a plea for Kara to come home from Kara's father. He wasn't even mentioned in any of the stories I read. The grandfather did a video and so did the mother asking for Kara to come home. No word on the father. Does anyone know more?
JohnJacobJingleheimer October 08, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Of course she needs help/counseling, but unless she was somehow out of her mind, she had to have been aware of what she was doing, and that there would be major consequences. There definitely should be. It's clear from the other repugnant things she's said via Twitter that she is entirely undeserving of getting away with such trash.
Fran Freeman October 09, 2012 at 07:23 PM
She caused children to be afraid of being alone in their own home, parents to worry about if there was an abductor in Clark, and not to mention the time spent by police looking for her. I know myself I was up all night thinking if there was something I should be doing to help find her. So now she is home, safe and sound. Our lives were effected for those few days. And I feel we should be told why?where was she? who was she with? Its like nothing ever happened, not to mention she is back to school and the kids don't understand. We all have a right to know.
josephine October 11, 2012 at 01:57 AM
End of story, she had her 15 seconds of fame now she needs to pay the price Plain and simple, she was in a snit because she tried to go to a party (the party she called the cops on) and turned away. She wasn't as sweet as she appears. Bet her freinds are just so happy to see her....not. All I can say is Karma is not a good thing and someone will return the favor to her. Oh by the way, the school did not impose any suspensions for her but the freinds she "ratted' on did. Guess if they fake tweeted they would have gotten the same privlaged treatment. If she did this to me, shunning would not be good enough to describe how I would write her out of my life. I better read she get punished for this.
djf October 23, 2012 at 09:09 PM
She needs to go to Clayton, NJ and see what poor Autumn Pasquales family is going through!


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