NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Two North Plainfield High School students told their parents this morning that they were going to school, but never arrived and appear to have run away together.
Rosa Espinola, mother of 16-year-old Ana Menjivar, put up posters in downtown North Plainfield asking for help finding her daughter after Ana left home with her 15-year-old boyfriend, Isaiah Pompey, around 7:10 a.m. this morning.
“She told me she was going to school,” said Espinola through tears, who lives on Linden Avenue with Ana and her younger brother Brian. “She’s never given me any problems at all. She’s never done this such a thing before. I don’t know what’s going through her head right now.”
Linda Pompey, Isaiah’s mother, said that neither she nor Espinola received a phone call from the school that their children had not arrived. Instead she found out that her son was not at school when North Plainfield police knocked on her door in the afternoon.
“The schools didn’t contact us until they called the police in the afternoon. I don’t understand that,” said Pompey. “Usually, if you forget to call that your kid is sick they call you right away in the morning, but they didn't. So these kids had the whole day to go wherever they were going to go.”
Ana and Isaiah had been dating since April, making it a significant high school romance.
Ana is 5-foot-4 inches tall, has long brown hair with frosted ends that reach down to her shoulder blades, brown eyes, and a small scar on the right side of her nose. She is also nearsighted and requires corrective lenses to see, and does not wear contacts so would be wearing a pair of oval black eye glasses.
Isaiah is almost 5-foot-8 inches tall, has light gauges in his ears, and tends to dress in all black clothes including pants, t-shirt and hoodie. He is an avid skateboarder who outside of school spends time at East End School skateboarding with his friends and works at the Emerald City Car Wash.
“To look at him you’d think he’s a crazy kid, but his outward appearance is not him,” said Pompey, breaking down. “He’s such a good kid but you’d never know it to look at him.”
Ana brought her cell phone with her, but is not answering. Pompey says that Isaiah did not take his mobile phone with him.
Ana's mother said there was no indications of any problems, and that she and her daughter had not been fighting. Espinola maintains a set routine where Ana goes to school where she is a good student, and then comes home to be with her family.
“She doesn’t have any hangouts or places we could look,” said Espinola.
Neither teen has a driver’s license nor has access to a vehicle, and Espinola guesses that they are either on foot or have taken public transportation.
Espinola and Pompey’s parents are working with the North Plainfield police, and have been told that the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a press conference tomorrow.
“You never want this to happen,” said Espinola. “I just want to die this is so horrible.”
“I’m not going to be calm,” said Pompey. “I’m not going to be fine until he comes home.”
Anyone with information regarding the young couple can contact Espinola at (908) 361-4403 or (908) 587-6189.