RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police here are investigating a copy of a letter signed by “C. Merone” the 17-year-old boy who went missing from here March 29.

Chase Merone, a Hunterdon Central High School student, was last seen at Wawa on Route 31, where he was recorded on a surveillance camera.

NJ Advance Media reports that the letter was sent to them directly. Its parent company publishes NJ.com and the Hunterdon County Democrat newspaper. The letter states that the boy is safe.

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Raritan Township Police Captain Kevin Donovan said his department has received a copy of the letter, although he isn’t sure who provided it. Chase’s father, Jonathan Merone, couldn’t confirm its authenticity, Donovan said.

He added that township detectives are now studying that letter.

Police said that before leaving, Chase left behind a note stating that he loves his father and stepmother, and admitted “messing up” and wanting to leave the Flemington area.

Donovan has insisted that Chase is not in any trouble with his family and that they would appreciate knowing that he is safe. The most recent letter doesn’t seem to have provided his family with that degree of assurance.

After publishing its report that it received the letter from “C. Merone,” NJ Advance Media updated the article, reporting that it has since received an email from Chase’s stepmother.

Chase is 5 feet, 10 inches tall with black hair and hazel eyes. He weighs about 140 pounds and will turn 18 next month.

Police ask anyone 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.