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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Edgemont Cares, a volunteer community group formed after Hurricane Sandy, mobilized in Manhattan Saturday to search for Christine (Ji Woo) Kang, the 16-year-old who ran away from home a week ago.
Late Saturday, Christine's parents, Min-Jong Kang and Hyeeun Rose Kwon, gave their thanks to everyone searching for their daughter.
More than 200 volunteers, including Edgemont High School students, met beginning at 12:15 p.m. Saturday near the big clock and information booth in the main hall of Grand Central Terminal, where Christine was last seen about 11 p.m. Friday Jan. 2.
Organizers had flyers, tape and routes for distribution.
Nearly 3,000 flyers with Christine's photo and police contact information were distributed, according to Aubrey Graf Daniels of Edgemont Cares, who coordinated Saturday's efforts.
Daniels said there is now a reward of $4,000 for information leading to Christine's whereabouts. Daniels can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, a giant "missing" billboard was visible in Manhattan carrying this message from Christine's parents: "Ji Woo, Mom and Dad love you and miss you so so much. Please come home. We hope and pray you come back home soon!"
On Friday, Christine's family asked that postering efforts focus on Fort Lee, N.J., and Flushing, Queens, where she has Korean friends and the bus terminal area by the George Washington Bridge.
The Edgemont HIgh School junior left home in pajamas and without a coat after what police described as a disagreement with a parent.
The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) also has gotten actively involved in circulating Christine's photograph and contacting television news sources. OCA's Community Outreach Team is open to suggestions.
Metro-North surveillance cameras captured her boarding a southbound train in Scarsdale at 10:18 p.m. last Friday. A camera then caught her leaving Grand Central Terminal onto Lexington Avenue at 43rd Street at 11:10 p.m. on Jan. 2.
On the advice of Greenburgh Police Chief Chris McNerney, Edgemont Community Council President Bob Bernstein spoke with transit police at Grand Central and with officials at the Station Master’s Office and confirmed that no permit is required for volunteers to distribute flyers for missing persons.
Greenburgh police provided organizers with the recommended routes for distribution of the flyers based on the latest information they have been able to develop.
Flyers may be distributed in the terminal itself and at the entrance to gates, but cannot be distributed inside the gates or on railroad platforms or on stairs or stairwells. Nor can flyers be taped to the terminal walls. Those distributing in the terminal itself should also avoid blocking entrances and exits.
Greenburgh detectives are taking confidential tips about Christine's possible whereabouts at 914-989-1700.
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