Missing Pennsylvania teenager found safe in New Jersey

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HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a teenage girl from western Pennsylvania who went missing this week has been found safe in New Jersey with a man she met online.

The 16-year-old West Newton girl was reported missing Tuesday afternoon, a few hours after she was last seen at her family’s home. She was found around 1 p.m. Wednesday in Highland Park after a friend provided information to authorities.

The teen was with a 23-year-old man she had spoken with through social media. She was in protective custody, and her family was heading to New Jersey to be reunited with her.

Authorities say no charges have been filed against the man, though the investigation remains under investigation. The teen’s family declined comment.

Relatives say the girl’s mother died in April after battling cancer.

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