Here’s what’s happening May 18, 2017. STAFF VIDEO BY JOE MARTINO
Amanda Rae Carroll, 20, was last seen at her Raritan TownshipÂ home on May 1, 2000.
The next morning,Â Carroll, the mother of two young girls, spent time on the internet talking to friends and called a friend in Canada as she was preparing to relocate to Arizona to live with her father and daughters.
She hasn’t been seen or heard from in the 17 years since. There has been no activity involving her bank account or Social Security number, according to police.
Her husband, Matthew Carroll, a Marine sergeant who worked as a recruiter in Somerville and the Iselin section of Woodbridge, reported her missing after returning from a trip to his parents’ home in New York with the couple’s children.
Carroll, described as 5-foot-6, about 145 to 150 pounds with red hair, brown hazel eyes, a tattoo of a sun and moon on her right ankle, floral pattern tattoo on the back of her neck, pierced ears, wearing a white shirt and jeans and gold rings, is one of many people missing in New Jersey.
According to the New Jersey State Police, between 14,000 and 16,000 people are reported missing in New Jersey every year. Since 1969, there are more than 1,100 unsolved missing persons cases statewide and more than 300 investigations of unidentified human remains.
On Saturday, the New Jersey State Police will host a free event geared toÂ helpÂ policeÂ identify the missing and bring them home.
The event, called Missing in New Jersey, will be fromÂ 1Â to 5 p..m. at the Rutgers University College Avenue Student Center, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick.
Families, friends, communities and organizations working to locate those missing in New Jersey are invited to attend and pre-register to ensure their loved ones are commemorated in a candlelight vigil and slideshow, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Col. Joseph R. Fuentes.
Those interested in attending are asked to bring two biological relatives â one male and one female â of the missing person, along with any identifying documents such as police reports, dental and body X-rays, doctor and dental information and photographs.
The event will give families and friends of missing people a place to gather to heal, network, learn and keep their hope alive. Families will be able to provide biometric dates, which areÂ used to help solve missing persons cases and unidentified human remains.
Â Those unsure about their own origins and background can submit DNA that could be linked to an unidentified child abduction case, according to the New Jersey State Police.
Raritan Township Police Lt. Ben Donaruma said he has spent about seven to 10 years…