Tonawanda News

May 16, 2013

Missing Kenmore girl found

By Jessica Bagley
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — KENMORE — Nina Christofaro, the 15-year-old village teen who went missing last month, was located on Grand Island Tuesday night and returned to her home, police said Wednesday.

“I am so relieved, and so thankful to everyone who has helped out,” Nina’s mother, Rebecca Christofaro, said. “And so thankful for all the prayers across Western New York and the efforts of the Kenmore Police Department.”

Nina’s mother said her daughter snuck out her bedroom window in early April to meet an older boy she had been talking to on Facebook for about two weeks. Police were confident that Nina was not kidnapped, but were concerned about her safety. 

Authorities received calls and Facebook messages from individuals who had seen Nina in the Riverside area and South Buffalo. 

“We received a tip that she may have been in an apartment on Grand Island,” Kenmore Juvenile Officer Jim Keleher said. “We followed up on that tip Tuesday night ... and found her there.”

Keleher said Christofaro was not being held against her will and that she was “perfectly comfortable.” She was located at about 11:30 p.m. 

Her mother, too, said she was uninjured. 

“She is going to be OK,” Rebecca Christofaro said. 

Police thanked the community Wednesday for their help in finding the teen. 

“Thank you to all who have posted, shared, commented and called in,” the department’s Facebook update reads. “Without your help, this may not have been possible.”

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley