Sarah Stern- New Jersey- 2016 Jan 26, 2017 2:46:36 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 26, 2017 2:46:36 GMT -5
NEPTUNE -- It's been four weeks since the disappearance of a Neptune City teen after her car was found unoccupied on a Belmar bridge on Dec. 2.
Sarah Stern, 19, left her family's home in Neptune City at 11:45 p.m. driving her grandmother's 1994 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Royal, according to her father Michael Stern. The car was found parked on the Route 35 Bridge around 2:45 a.m. on Dec. 3, but Sarah remains missing even after an extensive search.
Michael Stern is distraught and said the holidays were especially difficult for his family because Sarah loved Christmas.
"I feel lousy and heartbroken," he told NJ Advance Media on Friday. "They haven't come up with too many new leads. There are so many unanswered questions. We're at a loss, really."
Michael Stern previously had said his daughter seemed fine in the days leading up to her disappearance and that everyone who knows her feels that it's not like Sarah to run away.
"It's a gut-wrenching experience that no parent should have to go through," Michael Stern said. "I love my daughter, and I just wish she would come home."
Authorities said Stern's car was found unoccupied, working properly, with the keys inside. An extensive search of the Shark River was conducted by local and county search teams.
Sarah Stern attended Neptune High School where she played softball and was also a member of the swim team. Michael Stern said his daughter started on the varsity softball team as a freshman. But she was also very interested in art and photography and has a keen interest in digital media, specifically YouTube videos. She studied art and TV production at Brookdale Community College for two semesters.
Sarah Stern's friendships expanded beyond the close-knit Jersey Shore community she grew up in, however. She traveled to places like Australia, Canada and London for digital media conventions, like VidCon. She stayed in touch with the people she met at these conventions, her father said, by video chatting with them.
The Monmouth County Crime Stoppers organization has offered a $5,000 reward for anyone who has information that leads to the "identification, arrest and prosecution of any suspect(s) in the disappearance" of Stern.
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