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Missing Student Caroline Starkman Reunited With Family After 10-Week Search
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UPDATED 12:15 AM 9/21/12: Caroline Starkman, the missing 18-year-old from Engelwood, N.J., who disappeared from Coney Island early this summer has been found and reunited with her family.

Her family rabbi said she was found "without serious injury."

Robert Miller, a family friend and neighbor, said police had found Starkman as a result of answering a noise complaint and then determined her identity.

The Record of Bergen County reported on its website late Thursday night that Starkman had been charged with "acting in a manner injuring a child less than 17 years old," and that she was released to an attorney who arranged for her to meet with a representative of Mothers and Fathers Aligned Saving Kids, known as MASK, who then reunited her with her family.

MASK helps young people who have conflicts with their families, have trouble with substance abuse or other social ills or have difficulty fitting into Orthodox life.

Miller said Starkman had been treated for a broken arm following her arrest around 3 AM Thursday morning. He said the family had not heard anything from Caroline since her July 11 disappearance. It's unclear where she had been living or how she supported herself.

An NYPD spokesman on Thursday evening said he could not confirm any information about the case,saying it was still under investigation.

The disappearance of Starkman, a student at Touro College, sparked a widespread campaign for information. Her parents hired a private investigator to supplement the efforts of the NYPD and members of the community and family offered a $10,000 reward for information.

In an email to members of Congregation Ahavath Torah of Engelwood, to which the Starkman family belongs, Rabbi Shmuel Goldin on Thursday wrote, "We are gratified beyond measure to inform the community that Caroline Starkman has been found without serious injury. The family firmly believes that the prayers and support of the entire community have enabled them to reach this moment and they express their deepest gratitude."

Further details on the nature of her disappearance and how she was found were not immediately available. Rabbi Goldin, on behalf of the family, asked the congregation to respect the family's privacy "as they chart the best course for Starkman. They will share developments with the community in the future."

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My name is Moshe, I don't know the family, but believe or not, I've always been thinking of what has happened to that Jewish lady and was davening for her. I thought of all these (literally) HORROR movies of human trafficking (see "taken", "taken 2") and was in pain thinking she might have been one of the victims.
Noticing she's been found is a HUGE relief.
thinking she was careless, may be a HUGE disappointment as well although the main thing she's been found.
Baruch HaShem,

*parents should be aware of horrifying possibilities to avoid.

Her home and her community may not be the most supportive environment for her to establish herself as an adult if, at age 18, she voluntarily left home and literally had to have her arm broken in being returned.

What an obnoxious and presumptuous thing to say! So every kid in America that runs away must be from an awful home and community!? Nonsense. This girl, comes from a wonderful family and an even more supportive community. She is a teenager going through tough times. Some have it worse than others. There is no need for blame to be placed on anyone. Life is complicated. And so are family dynamics and peer pressure. This could potentially happen to anybody. Everyone just prays it doesn't.

Unless you know her personally or her situation you have absolutely no right to say that. That entire community came together and prayed for hours and went to look for her. Until you speak to Caroline yourself, don't make assumptions. I wish you a gmar chatima tovah.

Anybody know why she was arrested?

Awesome! I was so worried these last two months. Great news for the new year.

Hashem should help her find the help she needs in this new year.

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