UPDATE: Manchester Woman Found

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 reportedly missing from the Fresh Start Group Home has been found, 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.

The Manchester Police Division would like to thank all agencies that assisted in the search.  

Lucie47 January 05, 2013 at 04:39 AM
Nice attempt at back-peddling on your original comment. You posted personal information about an individual ( including where you allege she is employed. ) The relationship of Ms. Kelley to your so-called local "character " would otherwise have been unknown to the general public. Your posting was mean-spirited, childish and misguided. FYI: A group home is not a prison. The woman was not identified as an "escapee."
Concerned January 05, 2013 at 05:57 AM
Nice try, but let's approach this rationally instead of in the trollsome manner you're going with. When it was made public that she might be located in the New Gretna or Manahawkin areas, a quick online search to a free site, one called mylife, established that this person is related to someone in Manahawkin. I simply described the person in question; it made sense that there was a familial tie to Manahawkin; the observation that the family member in question is quite colorful but overall, harmless, at least lets me rest a little easier that someone that (alright, not a prison, but can we agree that she got out of somewhere where she was not supposed to leave? Ergo, the police were looking for her? Much like the man in December? This wasn't an Amber alert because she's not a child; nor a Silver alert because she's not a senior), but a little different than a typical missing person report, since the buzzwords "Group Home" are involved. And since the group home moniker is extremely vague, as were the details regarding the recovery of the individual, FYI: This isn't the same as if you or I walk out of the house and vanish. We might end up in the Patch, but not as "residents" of anything other than our, well..residences. Well, now I'm definitely speculating, for I can only speak for myself. I don't know about you. Are you employed by the group home in question? Did she get away on your watch? I have no ill will toward anyone, but you clearly have some aimed at me.
WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot January 05, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Wow, this type of sloppy reporting that lacks real "information" is becoming increasingly common on The Patch. Kinda like the story about the New Years Eve shooting at the Best Western - left more questions than answers.
Debbie S. January 05, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Lucy47 I agree with you 100 %. I posted that Group Homes aren't prisons on the original article concerning this lady. Group homes are designed to allow people with disabilities the freedom of to live in society. The goal of the Group Home is to promote independent living. Group Homes evolved over the years in response to laws passed in the 1960's to deinstitutionalize persons with disabilities. Efforts are made to incorporate people back into the community. As more state institutions close, such as Marlboro, more community-based group homes will open. The general public has no "right" to any protected health information concerning those residing in the homes any more than you have the right to know about any of your neighbors. As far as I know, the only people we have a "right" to know if they are living in our community are pedophiles and those convicted of sexual assault.
Lucie47 January 05, 2013 at 06:11 PM
I don't work for the group home, but I am in the legal profession and I know the implications of devulging information about a private individual who may or may not be related to the woman who left the group home. I also know that "cyber stalking" can be inferred by the fact you went so far as to research Ms, Kelley and given unconfirmed information provided by a "people search" website, you assumed she was related to a family in Manahawkin. You went so far as to say she is the sister of a woman with long wild hair who rides her bike everywhere, works in an adult bookstore and wears cataract glasses. You are right, I do have "ill will" against anyone who, through malice and ignorance, defames any individual, regardless of their mental / emotional capacity or because they do not fit into your definition of "normal."


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