CLAYTON, N.J. (CBS) — As the search continues for a missing Gloucester County girl, last seen Saturday afternoon riding her bicycle, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office says a reward is being offered to help find her.
Twelve-year-old Autumn Pasquale was last seen 12:30 p.m. Saturday riding her bike near her father’s house in Clayton. Autumn last communicated with her mom via text message at 2:27 p.m. and was reported missing at 9:30 p.m.
During a news conference Monday afternoon, Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton would not comment on the nature of the text, but said there was nothing out of the ordinary with respect to the text messages.
Dalton said more than 200 law enforcement personnel from neighboring communities and hundreds of volunteers are searching the area where Pasquale was last seen. A “Find Autumn Pasquale” Facebook page was created with thousands of followers sharing photos and information online hoping to assist in the search and volunteers are going door to door in town, with missing flyers and pictures of Autumn.
Dalton said they’ve expanded their search into neighboring Monroe, Glassboro and Franklin Township, have conducted 75 interviews, pulled surveillance video from businesses in the area and canvassed registered sex offenders in the area. at this time, police have no persons of interest in this case and Autumn’s whereabouts remain unknown.
Autumn’s uncle and godfather, Paul Spadafora says Autumn isn’t the type to run away or not to call if she’s going to be late.
“She’s a beautiful young girl, her birthday’s in a few days, and man if she comes home we’re going to have an awesome birthday party for her, she’s going to be thirteen,” said Spadafora.
A prayer vigil was held Monday night for Autumn.
“Shes a smart, funny girl and very loving,” said one of her classmates, Ryan Laird.
Autumn is described as 5’2” and weighs 120 pounds. She has long, wavy blonde hair with pink highlights, which is usually pulled back in a pony tail. She was last seen wearing navy blue sweatpants over navy blue shorts, a yellow tee-shirt with Clayton Soccer on the front, bright blue high-top sneakers and a light grey or silver backpack with the word “reckless” on the back.
Autumn’s family is offering a $5,000 reward which the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office is matching — bringing the reward for information leading to her whereabouts to $10,000.
Family and law enforcement are pleading for anyone with information to contact Clayton police at 856-881-2300 or NJSP Missing Persons Unit at #800-709-7090 or simply dial 911.