RARITAN TWP., NJ – Somebody knows where Chase Merone is.
That’s what Raritan Township Police Capt. Kevin Donovan thinks about the 17-year-old boy, who went missing March 29. There have been no confirmed sightings of him since he was recorded on a surveillance camera at the Route 31 Wawa here around 12:30 a.m. that day.
Donovan said this week that he thinks the boy has probably found a safe place to stay, especially given some of the extreme weather the area has had since last month.
Before leaving home, Chase left a note behind acknowledging “messing up,” as previously reported. But Donovan insists that the Hunterdon Central High School student is not in any trouble with his family.
Signs asking for help have been prepared by “Friends of Chase” and posted around the area.
While Chase’s family would like him to return home, Donovan said they’d also welcome any news that he is safe. A phone call or letter would provide some relief, he said.
Chase is 5 feet, 10 inches tall with black hair and hazel eyes. He weighs about 140 pounds.
Chase turns 18 next month. Provided that he is not at risk of hurting himself or anyone else –which Donovan thinks is probably the case – there may be nothing police can do to help after that.
Raritan Township police are asking anyone who thinks they’ve seen Chase, or who knows where he is, to contact them at 908-782-8889. If Chase is seen outside of the Flemington area, Donovan suggests calling local police there first.