Missing teens found in NYC after vanishing from Long Island last week

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Two missing New York teens have been found safe five days after they had a classmate drop them off at a suburban Long Island train station for a ride into Manhattan, according to police.

Vincent Abolafia and Kaileigh Catalano, both 15 and from Manorville, New York, made their way to the Long Island Rail Road’s Ronkonkoma station after school on Dec. 9, according to police. They left their cellphones and vaccination cards behind.

Witnesses later spotted them at New York City’s Times Square and other Manhattan locations, but they failed to return home – prompting their parents to report them both missing later that evening.

Missing teen Long Island couple Vincent Abolafia and Kaileigh Catalano have been found safe, the Suffolk County Police Department said Tuesday.
(Suffolk County Police Department)

Suffolk County police said Tuesday afternoon that the teens were still in the city when investigators found them unharmed earlier in the day. The NYPD and MTA police assisted in the investigation, authorities said.

As recently as Monday, police said they had no new information in the case and were working to locate the children. The NYPD said it was ready to assist if needed.

Kaileigh’s mom, Ehrin Catalano, said the parents did not yet have details about the past five days. But police said they were OK.

Vincent Abolafia and Kaileigh Catalano took a train from Ronkonkoma to New York City’s Penn Station last week and left their phones behind. 
(REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Neither of them had ever run away before, their parents said Sunday, and their failure to return came as a shock.

Kaileigh’s dad, Joe Catalano, had earlier voiced concerns about the adolescents’ safety away from home for so long.

“Long Island and the city are two different animals,” he said Sunday.

Police were expected to reunite the families later Tuesday.

This is a developing story. Stick with Fox News Digital for updates.

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