UPDATE: Manchester Woman Left Group Home, Reportedly Missing

Deborah A. Kelley reportedly walked away from the Fresh Start Group Home on Sunday, around 9:30 a.m.

A 47-year-old Manchester woman is still reportedly missing from the Fresh Start Group Home, police said.

Deborah A. Kelley may have gone to the Manahawkin area, the Little Egg Harbor area or the New Gretna area, police said.

Kelley is 5 foot 2 inches tall, 147 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She was a resident of the group home on Route 539, in the Whiting section of Manchester Township.

Kelley reportedly walked away from the group home on Sunday, around 9:30 a.m. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, pink and gray shirt, black jeans and black and pink sneakers, police said.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Manchester Township Police Division at 732-657-6111.

Marcus Ward January 03, 2013 at 04:07 PM
you've gota be kidding me this is the second time someone has walked away from this group home within a month....what is going on over there?
Nicole January 03, 2013 at 04:47 PM
I was thinking the same thing? And what time of "group home" is this? That they are able to walk away so easy from? Sounds like a rehab?
Marcus Ward January 03, 2013 at 05:41 PM
This group home is the home to a handful of adults. There are many homes of this type in our community. The last man to escape was a paranoid schizophrenic according to the patch during the situation in Dec, "Richard B. Heydorn was last seen at approximately 5 p.m. and is believed to have walked away from the group home...Heydorn may demonstrate violent tendencies, if encountered, so anyone coming in contact with him should use caution and contact local authorities immediately, police said." Luckily Richard was found safely, hopefully the same goes for Deborah. Something just doesn't seem right that a patient has "wandered off" twice within a month.
Cindy Sims January 03, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Seriously, I agree with Nicole and Marc W. Somebody is NOT doing their job. It is also of concern that a "street address" for this facility cannot be located. Is it located in a residential neighborhood with children in the area? Sounds like there should be more accountability on the part of the residents and those running the "facility".
Marcus Ward January 03, 2013 at 06:28 PM
yes it is located in a residential community. As a matter of fact there are a handful of these types of homes I know of...in some areas every other street has a home i.e.) deleware ave, chester ave, rt 539 (this particular one is the rt 539 home)
Bryan January 03, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Yes they are offten rented homes that elderly people cant manage any more so the realitors offten rent these home to fresh start type orgs. Most times the homeowners have no clue about what happens there, such was the case case in toms river when a overcrowed home caught fire due to someone fallen asleep while smoking. The homeowners were elderly & tried to sell the home while they were in a assisted living home and couldnt sell due to town rezoning, had to be listed as a commercial properity, the realitor rents it out to group homes for Rehabs etc.....
Debbie S. January 03, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Group homes are not prisons.
Marcus Ward January 03, 2013 at 09:41 PM
What's your point Debbie? They aren't prisons, they are group homes staffed 24/7 with ppl incapable of living alone. These patients aren't supposed to be able to leave alone for the patients safety as well as the public's safety. Idk about u but I do not want a mentally ill person with violent tendencies roaming around my neighborhood where 8 year olds are riding bicycles, playing etc
barbara January 03, 2013 at 11:57 PM
yep, someone was not doing their job if she could just walk out...
get involved January 04, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Does anyone know if it is the rumor is true that another group home is to be the 1900 block of Trenton Ave?
Marcus Ward January 04, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Homes that are foreclosed for a while are used for group homes ive noticed...i bet the town gets a kickback or something. so u could be right "get involved".
margaret camposano January 04, 2013 at 02:43 AM
you might wish to inquire/follow up on twp resolutions 12-115 & 12-116 (Trenton Ave) 4/9/12, or 12-047 & 12-048 (Delaware Ave) 2/13/12, with our township council / clerk.
ballyjduf January 04, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Call Mayor Mikey he says he has an open door policy . I'm sure he knows all about it
ballyjduf January 04, 2013 at 12:31 PM
get involved January 04, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Thank you for the info margaret. I will definitely be looking into this matter further.
margaret camposano March 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM
someone had inquired about the proposed group homes - it's mentioned on tonight's town council agenda - meeting 6 pm at town hall March 25.
get involved March 25, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Thank you. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend. Please update if you can.


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