Search for Sarah Stern intensifies as Monmouth Prosecutor steps in
The search for Sarah Stern presses grimly on, nearly a week since the Neptune City 19-year-old disappeared from Monmouth County. Authorities are urging watchful eyes everywhere.
"We are asking everyone to keep an eye out for this young woman, and report any possible sightings as soon as possible," said Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni Wednesday.
The Prosecutor's Office has taken a lead role in the investigation, along with the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit, Neptune City Police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
If you are aware of her whereabouts, or familiar with the circumstances, you're urgedto reach Monmouth Detective Brian Weisbrot, 732-431-7160, or Belmar Police Detective John Mahoney, 732-681-1700.
Information can be given anonymously through the Monmouth County Crimestoppers confidential tip line, 1-800-671-4400, or by texting MONMOUTH and details to 274637.
Monmouth County Crimestoppers offers $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.
Sheis described as a white female,5'6", 130 pounds, with a medium complexion, hazel eyes and long dark brown hair that reaches past her shoulders.
Stern's 1994, silver, four-door Olds 88 was found, by itself, on the crest of the Route 35 bridge in Belmar late Friday night, not long after she was last seen at home.
Investigators said the car was functional and the keys were inside. Neptune police towed it and advsed Neptune City police to conduct a welfare check at the home of the family member who is the registered owner.
Officers found the door unlocked and no one inside, and later learned that no one in Stern's family knew where she had gone.
Neptune police broadened the search to include Belmar PD at about 3:40 AM Saturday, since the car was technically in Belmar's jurisdiction.
An extensive search of the Shark River, over several days, by Belmar's Water Rescue Team, the U.S. Coast Guard, Monmouth County Sheriff's Dive Team, New Jersey State Police, and the Area Network of Shore Water Emergency Responders (ANSWER) yielded no trace.