Update: Missing 12-Year-Old Barnegat Boy Found In Manahawkin

Jaleni Lewis-Castagna was reported missing around 7:15 p.m.

The search for a 12-year-old male, who was last in contact with his family at approximately 5 p.m. this evening, ended at approximately 9:30 p.m. when Jaleni Lewis-Castagna was found in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township.

Barnegat Police Lt. Keith Germain told Patch that the boy was located at the TGI Friday's.

Germain said he had several people in the community that reported seeing the boy in the area of the Regal Cinema and Barnegat police located him in the restaurant a short time later. He said the boy was attempting to run away from his Nautillus Drive home, but he has been returned safely to his mother.

"We greatly appreciate the community support. We had over 300 shares off of our Facebook page and other local media outlets, which of course helps get that message out a lot faster," Germain said.

Germain said  the Ocean County Sheriff's  k-9 unit, along with local volunteer fire and state police responded. An aerial search had also begun.

"When we have a situation like this, we use all the resources we have available, because it is important to find them sooner rather than later," Germain said.

joanwarrin October 15, 2012 at 04:54 PM
i agree, someone should investigate why the boy felt he had to run away from home. let's close the circle and understand what was so bad that he felt he had to run away.
marlyn October 16, 2012 at 03:33 AM
yes this family needs to go to counseling & try to resolve the issues that made him run away- taking his Playstation away for a week is not the answer- be a family & seek help
Evernotice October 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM
...and sometimes its best if we just mind our own buisness. I ran away once when I was about 12. I was upset that my parents had an arguement. They re-assured me that it was only an arguement and that it didnt mean they didnt love each other. That was the only time I ever ran away. Also, I returned home after several hours...I got hungry. : )
momere October 16, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Evernotice - Good point! and glad it worked out for you. And getting hungry will definitely make you go home :)
Laurie October 16, 2012 at 04:46 PM
And sometimes, Evernotice, minding your business is NOT the answer. That's part of the problem in today's society...nobody listens to the children. Perhaps if they did, there would be less tragedies occurring on a daily basis. All Jenny was saying is that they need to look into it further, no harm in that, and I agree.


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