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.  

barbara January 04, 2013 at 11:03 AM
glad she was found, but why not tell us how and where?
Artist/Engineer January 04, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Can anyone fill us in on what kind of a place the "Fresh Start Group Home" is? Are the residents dangerous in any way or just in need of some kind of rehabilitation or assistance? As a resident of Whiting, I'm concerned that two people from this facility have recently walked away, then been picked up by police. If these people are harmless, then my concerns would be reduced but if they are dangerous in any way, I'd like to know more about this place and why security is so lax. Any reliable info on this facility would be appreciated. Thanks
Nicole January 04, 2013 at 02:20 PM
I agree with David! A little more information is needed! This is just crazy!
Concerned January 04, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Seriously. In reading news articles about the guy who walked away in December, it's rumored he was a paranoid schizophrenic. That doesn't necessarily mean he's harmful, but it doesn't necessarily mean he's -harmless-, either. The "Fresh Start" name, however, leaves a lot open to interpretation. Is this by design? Is this group home mixed use of, say, halfway house for drug rehabilitation/developmentally disabled adults who have aged out of the juvenile system of care/dual diagnosis of mental problems and substance abuse? Someone in the know needs to step up and clarify.
SANDY PARISI January 04, 2013 at 03:20 PM
,Several good questions have been asked. For each one person asking a question., there's 10 more people wondering the same questions.
Dot Douglas January 04, 2013 at 04:51 PM
be nice if they tell us the rest of the story tell us half of it we have a right to know
Diane D. January 04, 2013 at 06:28 PM
I agree with all of you. Why and how can you tell the people of Manchester and surrounding areas that people are missing from homes (possibly dangerous) and not tell us where and how they were found. From what I have read there are alot of these homes in our area. Are we going to just sit back and wait for something serious to happen or what? We need answers now.
Gary G. January 04, 2013 at 07:20 PM
She was found in Manahawkin, down the street from me.
Lucie47 January 04, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Judging by some of the ignorant comments I've read, I guess maybe they are trying to avoid having the villagers storming the group home with torches and stakes.
Lucie47 January 04, 2013 at 07:42 PM
The populace of Manchester needs to be more concerned about the harm and danger their "normal" neighbors pose than a few poor souls in a group home.
Concerned January 04, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Not surprising, as her sister is the infamous bicycle rider about town with the long, wild hair and cataract surgery-style dark glasses, who works at the adult bookstore.
Lucie47 January 05, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Now let's see a photo of YOU, "Concerned." Let's disclose YOUR identity and dissect YOUR past / history. Last time I checked, it was not a crime for someone to ride a bike around town OR to have "long wild hair" or to wear cataract glasses. In fact, I am pretty sure it's not a crime to work at an adult bookstore.
Concerned January 05, 2013 at 03:03 AM
No, Lucie, by all means, you go first. Show your photo if you like. Mine's not required; I was simply making an observation as to why it made sense that the escapee was located in Manahawkin; simply, she has family here. That family member is one of the local "characters" that add a little variety to town. Every town has some.
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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