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June 27, 2019

Missing Pennsylvania teen found safe in New Jersey with man she met on social media

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New Jersey couple missing Barbados Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

The Barbados' Coast Guard is expanding their search on Thursday for a New Jersey couple that went missing on Monday afternoon in Saint James, Barbados.

Authorities have located a missing 16-year-old from West Newton, Westmoreland County, in New Jersey.

The girl was reported missing Tuesday afternoon, a few hours after she had been last seen at her family home, which is about 25 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, the Associated Press reported. A friend provided information to authorities, who were able to locate the girl in Highland Park, New Jersey, on Wednesday.

She was found with a 23-year-old man she had been speaking to through social media. No charges have been filed against the man, according to the AP. 

The girl was being held in protective custody until her family could reunite with her.

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