Have you seen him? 17-year-old Central Jersey boy left note behind
RARITAN TOWNSHIP — Police are looking for a 17-year-old boy who went missing late Tuesday after leaving a note behind that said he had "messed up" and wanted to leave his home.
Chase Merone was reported missing by his father, Jonathan, after the father found the note, according to township police. In the note, Chase said he loved his father and stepmother and would send his grandparents money for his phone once he was settled elsewhere and got a job, police said.
Jonathan Merone told New Jersey 101.5 that Chase, a junior at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, left home with his long skateboard Tuesday night after an argument over his driving habits and homework. Merone said he had put a device on Chase's car that tracked his speed and distance.
"Typical teenager, he was driving way too fast. I reprimanded him and told him to bring the car home immediately," Jonathan Merone said, adding that his grades had recently slipped.
"At the end of the night I told him I loved him, I hugged him, he hugged me," Merone said of the night he ran away.
The next morning, Jonathan Merone said Chase's twin sister Autumn came in to his bedroom crying after she found the note.
The note also said he would leave his cell phone at a Wawa on Route 31, where his father found it before going to the police.
"He cleared the phone," Merone said, adding to his concern that Chase may be trying to meet up with his biological mother who lives in Pennsylvania and who he has not seen since he was 6. Merone said there is a court order in place preventing her from having contact with Chase.
The store's security video took footage of Chase Merone, according to his father.
Chase Meone is described as a white male standing 5 feet and 10 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds, with black hair and hazel eyes.
Police ask that anyone who has seen Chase Merone to call 908-782-8889.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.