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UPDATE: Manchester Girl Found Safe

Police credit tipsters with helping locate girl, 13, who was reported missing Monday evening

Update, 7 p.m.: A 13-year-old Manchester girl who went missing Monday is expected to be reunited with her mother this evening.

Manchester police Capt. Lisa Parker credited tipsters with helping to locate Triamber Whitaker, a Calvary Academy in Lakewood student, who did not return home Monday evening after last being seen in the area near the Briar Hill Apartments off of Route 37.

"Tips came into the police department that helped to assist the police in locating the juvenile close to her residence," Parker said Tuesday evening.

Whitaker was found unharmed, Parker said.

Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said authorities were grateful for the help.

"Her family, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Manchester Police Department want to express their thanks to the members of the community who provided information and assisted in locating Triamber."



Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating a 13-year-old Manchester girl who went missing Monday. 

Manchester police and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office are conducting a missing persons investigation of Triamber Whitaker, who lives with her mother in the Briar Hill Apartments located off of Route 37, said Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford in a statement. 

Whitaker, an eighth-grade student at Calvary Academy in Lakewood, did not return home Monday evening. She was last seen in the area near the Briar Hill Apartments, Ford said. 

Whitaker is 4 feet 11 inches, weights about 85 pounds and wears square-rimmed blue and purple eyeglasses, Ford said. 

"She was last seen wearing a blue 'Aeropostale' hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, white 'Nike' high-top sneakers with pink and yellow airbrush decorations on them. She was carrying a 'High School Musical' purse," Ford said. 

Authorities ask that anyone who may have seen the girl or may have information about her location contact Detective Christopher Hemhauser at 732-657-2009, ext. 2009, or Detective Tom Tiernan of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office at 732-929-2027.

Amy April 17, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Amber alerts don't just go out when a child goes missing unfortunately.....the situation has to go for a review and be deemed necessary. It's sad but they may only be going on a small amount of information they have from Mom and if they don't have reason to believe she was kidnapped they wouldn't send it out. Not saying it's right or wrong it's just what I learned when I worked at 911.
KarenMetallo April 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM
They should. It shouldn't be up to the cops to decide if a child was kidnapped or killed or whatever. The alert should go out for all children, regardless. If they don't put one out, it just lets the abductor more time to get away. JMO
KingNeptune April 17, 2012 at 11:04 PM
No, they shouldn't. When you over use a resource, you dilute it's purpose. Children run away all the time, probably close to a hundred per day in NJ. If a Amber Alert was issued for each one, people would find them annoying and simply ignore them.
Silver dollar April 18, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Thank God she is safe and back home.
Matt Murphy April 18, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Something that may not be seen is the BOLO (Be On The Lookout) that goes out to local and sometimes statewide agencies. Also the child will likely be placed into NCIC, which will be a national alert to all Law Enforcement agencies. The Amber Alert system is used only in extreme emergencies, when an abduction is known to exist.


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