(NEW YORK) — New Jersey State Police have released the 911 call of a teen who said she was abducted from her home in September by a 28-year-old black man.
Kara Alongi, 16, sent an ominous tweet on Sept. 30, saying, “There is someone in my house, call 911.”
The tweet sparked national attention on Twitter, prompting a search for the missing teen after authorities were flooded with phone calls from around the country. The tweet was retweeted more than 32,000 times.
Two days after the tweet, police found Alongi at a rest stop along the New Jersey Turnpike while she was on the phone with a 911 operator. She voluntarily left her home in Clark, N.J., and was not abducted, officials say.
Her family declined to comment and police have not responded to requests for comment on whether they will charge the teen for making the alleged fake call.
In the Oct. 2 call, Alongi told a 911 operator that she was placed in a taxi cab by someone she described as a 28-year-old black man who entered her house.
“A few days ago I was inside and some guy came and made me go. … I was in my house and some guy came in and told me that I had to do all this stuff. I don’t know his name, but he was black and he said he was, like, 28,” Alongi told the 911 operator.
The operator asked Alongi to explain how she was forced out of her home.
“He told me I had to go into a cab and I had to meet someone, but I don’t remember where I was,” Alongi responded.
Alongi said the cab took her to the train station and was told by her abductor to get on a bus, but she didn’t know whether the man got on the bus after her.
“There was a cab at my house and I went in and then I went into the train station and then I don’t remember where I was. … And I woke up today in, I don’t know, somewhere, it was like the country. … And now I’m here,” she said.
The call ends when a New Jersey State Trooper arrives at a Burger King to pick up Alongi, who was unharmed.
Police have not said why they think Alongi made up the story, but they believe that the teen went to the train station alone.
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