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Missing girl Jennifer Blair safe, at home

 

Jennifer Blair, the Menlo Park teenager who had been missing for more than three weeks, has been found and is safe, police confirmed on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Jennifer was found in Culver City, California, and reportedly turned herself in to a local police station, saying she was ready to come home. She flew back to the Bay Area, and was greeted at the airport by her family, police said.

Jennifer, a freshman at Menlo-Atherton High School and a graduate of Hillview Middle School, had last been seen leaving her home in the 400 block of Olive Street in Menlo Park at around 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6, according to Menlo Park police. She turned 15 on Monday, Jan. 18.

For over three weeks, police searched for her with assistance from the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children helped in the search. Family and friends blanketed the area with fliers.

Laura Blair, Jennifer's mother, posted this on The Alamac's Web site on the morning of Jan. 31: "Yes. It is true!!! She is back with us!!! We are so thankful to have her back. Thanks to everyone for your prayers and concern where Jennifer is concerned."

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Posted by Elizabeth Snow
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Check out Menlo-Atherton High School's website: mabearnews.com
Editor-in-chief Regina Mullen interviewed the Mrs. Blair:


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Posted by Elizabeth Snow
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 30, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Should read:
Check out Menlo-Atherton High School's website: mabearnews.com

Editor-in-Chief Regina Mullen interviewed Mrs. Blair:


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Posted by mp mom
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 30, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Best news today!


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2010 at 6:22 am

Great News

Best of Health


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Posted by resident
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jan 31, 2010 at 8:57 pm

thank god...


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Posted by Yet another mother
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Feb 1, 2010 at 10:08 am

What a relief! My daughter used to be a class mate of Jennifer and I can't imagine what Jennifer's family must have gone through. All the best for the future for all of them!


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Posted by Los Altos mom
a resident of another community
on Feb 1, 2010 at 11:02 am

I sure hope that there is some explanation to all of the surrounding communities for the prayers and deep concern we all felt for the Blairs, and their whole family. This kind of thing is not taken lightly, and for three weeks, we all struggled with how to make our communities safer. Its a helplessness that affects us all, so I hope that this event brings something to light for all of us. In particular, I hope Jennifer gets some help, and that she may help us to then understand. That being said, it is wonderful, and a huge relief to hear she is safe and back where she can prosper. Please make something of the second chance dear girl.


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Posted by marie
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Feb 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm

It's great she is safe and sound back home. But she still has a lot of explaining to do as to why she left in the first place. Leaving her friends family and neighbors worried sick when she was gone for 3 weeks. I am glad she's back but I hope she gets grounded for life after that stunt she pulled.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Feb 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Fantastic!! Great news. Glad to hear she is safe and back home. The best to the entire family, I am sure this was very hard on all of them not knowing where she was. Glad sheis home.


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Posted by local mom
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 1, 2010 at 6:35 pm

No explanation needed, and please, let's not give advice about what should or shouldn't happen. Jennifer and her family have enough to deal with now. We're just glad she's home and is safe.


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Posted by Dad in Menlo Park
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Please remember that she's a 15 year old kid. Not everyone has life completely figured out at that age, unlike 'marie' and 'Los Altos mom' apparently did.

I completely agree with 'local mom' - no explanation is needed.

I'm just happy she's home with her family.


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Feb 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

It would be helpful to all of us as parents of teenage girls to know how and why this happened. Jennifer got a lot of attention for this event, and has now accumulated over 100 new "friends" on her facebook page as a result. There is a danger that other lonely girls might try to get the same attention if there is not some sort of explanation provided as to how and why she got so far away, and what happened to her while gone. It is a huge relief that she is home and safe and I hope for her and her family that she stays there and works things out. jennifer applogized to her friends on facebook for them being "bugged by the cops", but there was no appology for what she put her friends and family through for the ordeal. I hope she gets the help she clearly needs.


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Posted by mp mom
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm

That is a very good point, Mom. To those of you who feel the need to make sanctimonious comments about what should and shouldn't be said on this forum, may I remind you that the community was recruited to help find the girl. The police called every home, there was a billboard on 101, the schools sent out multiple emails, newspapers ran articles. This ceased being a private none-of-your-business issue a long time ago.

While the public may not have any say in what the family chooses to do, there are lessons to be learned -- and copycat runaways to be avoided. What can we, as parents and as community members, do to prevent a repeat?


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Posted by a father in MP
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Glad she is back with her folks. I hope her folks will get her the help she is calling out for. She put alot of people through hell. [Portion removed]


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Posted by Scholar
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 2, 2010 at 12:45 pm

The girl did not ask the "community" to get riled up so how is she now responsible to that community as to providing an explanation of her actions. Obviously she is not. Community members have no right to demand it or even suggest it. If community members want to turn the episode into a learning opportunity for themselves they must do so without insisting that the girl or her parents are so obliged.


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Posted by concerned parent
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Scholar needs to learn to punctuate! When a community is asked via flyer, freeway sign, newspaper articles and phone calls from the police department to look for a runaway girl, then it sort of ceases to be a private matter. Check out Jennifer's facebook postings for a complete flaunting of the entire situation. No one is "insiting" on anything but she is turning it into some grand adventure rather than the heartbreaking event it was to her family and friends, and fearful situation (perhaps she was taken against her will) for the rest of the community. Something more needs to be said other than her disrespectful facebook comments about the police department that looked tirelessly for her for 3 and a half weeks.


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