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Search Continues for Missing Raritan Twp. Teen

Chase Merone. Credits: Raritan Township Police Department

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police here continue to search for Chase Merone, the 17-year-old boy reported missing last Wednesday.

Raritan Township Police Captain Kevin Donovan said this morning that his department did receive tips on “some possible sightings” of Chase over the weekend, but it couldn’t be confirmed that it was actually Chase.

Notwithstanding some other reports, Donovan said none of the previous reported "sightings” of Chase could be confirmed as having been of Chase.

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Donovan thinks it’s likely that someone knows where Chase is. He said any information that could be provided about his safety or whereabouts would be useful to him and to Chase’s family, who are concerned about him.

Chase is a Hunterdon Central High School student who was reported missing by his father. According to police, Chase left a note behind at home admitting “messing up” and wanting to leave the Flemington area. That prompted the alert issued by police.  

Donovan said Chase turns 18 years old next month. Even if Chase is found, it isn’t clear what police can do, provided that there are no outward signs that he is a danger to himself or others, Donovan said.

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

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.

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