Statement from Clark Police Department Alan Scherb

“The Clark Police Department is pleased to announce that at approximately 4:30 p.m. on October 2, 2012 Kara Alongi was found safe and unharmed. She was discovered by troopers with the New Jersey State Police walking along the side of the Turnpike near Exit 1. As dictated by protocol she was taken to a local hospital in South Jersey for an evaluation. Her family was notified shortly after she was found and they were reunited at the hospital yesterday evening. A detective from the Clark Police Department also responded to the hospital as a standard part of a missing juvenile investigation.

Kara was transferred to a north Jersey hospital overnight for additional evaluations and was released a short time later and returned home early this morning. 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. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.”

Statement from Mayor Sal Bonaccorso:
“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.  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.”