Kara Alongi (pictured above) is a teenager. You can infer whatever you want from that, but teenagers are, well, teenagers, and they do some ridiculous things. For example, when I was a teenager I re-applied a scene from The Way of the Gun to heighten the tension of my Resident Evil fan fiction.
It was an international thriller.
But sometimes, teenagers do dumb things that may very well get themselves hurt.
Alongi Tweeted Sunday night that someone was inside her house and asked her followers to call 911. An hour later, her parents came home, found her missing, found her Tweet, and rightly called the police.
Then the police found that there was no sign of forced entry, a door was unlocked, and according to Clark township police chief Alan Scherb, a cab was called for her exact address around the same time as the Tweet, and dropped off a girl matching Kara’s description at the Rahway train station.
The police are now classifying this as a runaway case, and no charges have been filed.
Oh, even better: she left her cell phone at home. Here’s hoping she buys herself a burner (see: The Wire if you don’t know what that is).
But seriously: this is a super dangerous thing for a young teenaged girl to be doing. No one knows if she got on a train, no one knows where she is, and she clearly intended to never be found again. There was definitely forethought put into this maneuver – or, at least, as much forethought as you can get from an adolescent – but there’s no way of knowing if she even had a plan after she left her house.
Furthermore, the erroneous Tweet she sent has flooded the police tip line with stupid, stupid people who are sending investigators down a lot of bad leads that they have to follow, lest the miss the one tip that’s actually correct.
If you actually have information, real information, regarding Kara Alongi’s whereabouts, call Clark police 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.
But don’t screw around. A girl is missing. She may be doing something insanely dumb, but we’d like to see her get home safe and sound so her parents can lecture her on what a dumb thing that was.
Here’re more pictures of her.
Question, Runaways: Did you ever run away from home? Where did you go?