A congregation in New Jersey is offering a reward for information leading to the safe return of an Englewood teenager who disappeared last month.
According to a report in the Teaneck Patch, 18-year-old Touro College student Caroline Starkman went missing after visiting a friend in Brooklyn over the July 4 weekend. She also goes by Vicki or Victoria.
Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, where her parents are members, has created a fund to cover a $10,000 reward for information leading to Starkman’s safe return, a message by the synagogue said.
Her family has offered a $500 reward for information leading to her safe return, according to a report in the Jewish Week.
Family members filed a report with police, hired a private investigator and reached out to contacts in Brooklyn, but have now decided to make a public plea for information in the case, the congregation said in the message, according to the Teaneck Patch.
Starkman is 5’5” – 5’6”, 110 – 115 lbs. according to missing flyers posted by the family. She was last seen on July 11 on West 24th Street in Brooklyn’s Coney Island section. She has long blond hair, blue eyes, a 4-inch scar above her right big toe, and a beauty mark above her right eye.
Her parents, Cherie and Steven Starkman, immediately filed a missing person’s report, hired a private detective and reached out to “resources in the Brooklyn community” after their daughter’s disappearance, and last week “made the decision to issue a public appeal for assistance … as circumstances have developed,” said a community announcement notice sent out by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin of Ahavath Torah.
“Nothing has materialized … no concrete leads” to aid the search, Rabbi Goldin said.
Starkman’s family “hopes she is still well,” the rabbi said.