Two teens have been missing for days after taking a trip to New York City from the nearby Suffolk County, according to police.
Vincent Abolafia and his girlfriend Kaileigh Catalano, both 15, were supposed to board a train at 3:11 p.m. on December 9, from Ronkonkoma to Manhattan. Fox News reports that the pair are from Manorville, which is around a 30-minute drive to Ronkonkoma.
Both teens were reportedly wearing all black when a friend dropped them off at the train station. Kaileigh’s mom, Ehrin Catalano, said that the teens may have changed their hair color. She believes that her daughter may have dyed her hair black, while Vincent’s father said the teen had recently gotten a hair trim, but he didn’t notice anything unusual.
“This definitely blindsided me,” Kaileigh’s dad, Joe Catalano, reportedly said. “My daughter’s a varsity cheerleader. She’s a good kid. I don’t know what possessed them to do this.”
Kaileigh’s mother said they talked about her sweet 16 birthday party with “no arguments” before the trip. Both teens also apparently left their cell phones at home.
“When you have two teenagers…with minimal resources, it can get dangerous pretty quick,” Joe Catalona added. “And Manhattan right now isn’t what it was. Any city is dangerous for any adolescent.”
Vincent stands 5-feet-3-inches tall and weighs around 110 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Kaileigh stands 5-foot tall and weighs around 118 pounds. No additional information was given about their appearances.
The teens’ parents said the pair had around $1,200 but to their knowledge, the couple doesn’t know anyone in the city.
Anyone with information on the pair’s whereabouts should contact 911 or Suffolk County Police Department’s Seventh Precinct detectives at 631-852-8752.
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[Feature Photo: Vincent Abolafia and Kaileigh Catalano/Police Handout]