An adolescent pair from Long Island who fled to New York City, triggering a frantic search, were discovered safe on Tuesday, Dec. 14, after one of their fathers found them sitting on a train platform in Manhattan.
New York City was the intended destination for 15-year-olds Kaileigh Catalano and Vincent Abolafio when they were reported missing from their Manorville homes on Thursday, Dec. 9, hours after they were last seen at the Ronkonkoma train station.
Kaileigh’s father, Joseph Catalano, discovered his daughter and her boyfriend seated on a bench on the downtown A train platform at the 42nd Street-Port Authority subway station. Catalano was acting on the information provided by the police.
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Joseph Catalano responded to The Post, “I couldn’t [expletive] believe it, I ran over to them and hugged them and then screamed bloody murder for help. It’s a miracle, man, It is the best Christmas gift forever, absolutely.”
Four NYPD officers stationed nearby raced to help Catalano and the teenagers, who were “unharmed.”
Before the previous development, a “formulated team” of relatives and friends exchanged leads on the youngsters’ likely locations.
Kaileigh’s mother told the media that their father spotted the youngsters in the city’s vast underground system after they were concerned their parents had learned of their location. However, it was unknown how the teenagers spent their days outside.