A Twitter hashtag #helpfindKara for a reportedly missing New Jersey teen quickly turned into #helpfindkara ('s parents a belt) after authorities determined that her 911 call was likely a hoax.
16-year-old Kara Alongi of Clark posted on Twitter Sunday that an intruder was in her home, and asked followers to call 911.
According to the New York Post, Alongi gained 94,000 followers on her Twitter page with her message, and Facebook pages began to pop up dedicated to finding her. The Clark Police Department quickly received thousands of phone calls and tips about Alongi.
Clark-Garwood Patch reported that police responded to her call with canines. Early investigations indicated that no foul play had occurred in the disappearance.
But investigators later learned that someone had called for a taxi about the same time Alongi’s message was posted, and the driver positively identified the teen. The driver said he took Alongi to the Rahway train station.
According to Mail Online, Alongi was spotted on closed circuit television holding a backpack and a large purse while waiting for a train at the Rahway station.
Some people later said that a tweet had allegedly popped up on Alongi's account reading: "Why is everyone saying I'm missing? I was jkin haha,” according to NBC News. The post was taken down a short time later.
Police have said they are not looking to arrest Alongi, and the investigation is being treated as a missing runaway juvenile case.
Clark Police Chief Alan Scherb released the following statement earlier this morning: "As of 10 a.m. On 10/2/2012 Kara Alongi has not returned home. The Clark Police Department is investigating all leads in an effort to locate her and return her home. The Clark Police can confirm that she purchased a train ticket to Penn Station in New York on Sunday evening and we continue to work with New Jersey Transit to review video available at the train stations. Attached is a photo of Kara at the Rahway train station. We urge anyone who might know where Kara is 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 to274637."