On Saturday, Sept. 16, at approximately 2:10 p.m., Town of Newburgh Police received information of a possible missing 13yr old teenager. The teenager’s whereabouts were unknown and A preliminary investigation by TNPD found she uncharacteristically walked off from her home earlier that day.
Police continued their investigation throughout the day and night that included interviews, neighborhood canvasing along with Patrol and K-9 searches. The investigation expanded by Sunday morning with officers working throughout the night.
On Sunday morning, police had set up a Command Center and recruited an abundance of assistance that included Fire Departments, local volunteers and other First Responders from various departments. Social media posts were also utilized.
On Sunday, at approximately 1:25pm, the missing teen was located, in good health, near the Fishkill Walmart. While the investigation is still on going, the teen has been reunited with her family.
The Town of Newburgh Police would like to thank all agencies that assisted. Town of Newburgh EMS, Orange & Ulster County Division of Fire Services Drone Units, New York State Police Aviation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, Orange County Division of Fire Services, Middlehope FD, Plattekill FD, Winona Lake FD, Orange Lake FD, Wallkill FD, Marlboro FD, Goodwill FD, Walden FD, Rombout FD and Mechanicstown FD. We are very proud of all involved that worked feverishly with our officers and dispatchers to eventually locate the teen.
Town police wish to thank the Cronomer Valley Fire Department and their members. Their participation and professionalism in assisting in the investigation, coordinating over 70 volunteers and utilizing their facility for the Command Center was critical in the outcome.
Thank you also to the citizens of the Town of Newburgh and surrounding areas that responded to social media with critical information. Social media, in less than 4 hours, reached over 90,000 people, which resulted in hundreds of tips that ultimately led to locating the missing teen. Also, thank you to The Golden Rail Ale House who let us use their large parking area to facilitate correspondence near the original search area.