Twitter Abduction Hoaxster Kara Alongi Found Wandering Around New Jersey
The 16-year-old New Jersey girl who caused a stir on Twitter over the weekend by claiming an intruder was in her house and asking followers to call 9-1-1 was found safe and sound wandering around the NJ Turnpike last night.
"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," the Clark Police Department announced in a statement issued this morning. "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."
As we reported on Monday, Alongi's "tweet" for help (above) garnered her thousands of followers, with Twitter users worldwide re-tweeting the message -- #helpfindkara started trending quickly on the social media network Sunday afternoon.
When police stopped by Alongi's Clark home that night, she wasn't there. But she wasn't abducted by an intruder -- she's just full of shit, according to authorities.
This is a photo of Kara Alongi not getting abducted after asking her Twitter followers to call 9-1-1.
Police suspect that Alongi left her home voluntarily after a taxi driver identified her as the teen who called a cab shortly after the "tweet" for help. The driver says he dropped the girl off at the Rahway train station.
Adding to the suspicion that Alongi's abduction is BS is a "tweet" posted shortly after Twitter blew up with the news of her supposed abduction.
"Why is everyone saying I'm missing? I was jkin haha," someone posted on Alongi's Twitter page. The post was later deleted.
Since it seems pretty clear that Alongi wasn't abducted, authorities are now trying to figure out where she's been for the last 48 hours. They say they'll release more information when it becomes available. Check back for updates.
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