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Kara Alongi Missing: Mother tells NJ newspaper that she just wants her daughter home

Kara Alongi at the Rahway, NJ train station Clark Police Department via CBS New York

Kara Alongi at the Rahway, NJ train station
Clark Police Department via CBS New York
(CBS) CLARK, N.J. - The mother of the New Jersey teen who tweeted that there was an intruder in her home then allegedly called a cab and bought a train ticket to New York City is pleading for her daughter to call home.

Pictures: NJ teen missing after Twitter hoax

"We want you home. No matter what, we just want you home," said Kim Alongi in an interview with The Star-Ledger.

Kara Alongi, 16, disappeared Sunday evening after posting the message, "There is somone in my hour ecall (sic) 911" on Twitter

People re-tweeted the message and created the hashtag "#helpfindkara," but police now say the tweet was a hoax and the teen called a cab. She was then seen on surveillance video at a nearby Rahway train station, wearing a thick backpack and purse. The Star-Ledger reports that police are now investigating her disappearance as a juvenile runaway case.

Kim Alongi told the paper that the last time she saw her daughter she told her mother that she didn't want to go to her brother's hockey game because had a headache and wanted to lay down.

"This was totally out of character," Kim Alongi told the paper. "We had no idea any problems were existent at school ... nothing at home. So it's a total shock."

The paper reports that authorities do not believe Kara is in danger, although she reportedly has celiac disease, a condition which makes it difficult for the body to process gluten.

"Regardless of what happened, she's still a missing 16-year-old girl who's alone as far as we know," Kim Alongi said to the Star-Ledger.

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