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Missing Bergen girls found in Harrison

Photo Credit: Forte family
Photo Credit: Forte family

UPDATE: Harrison police recovered two missing girls, one from Garfield and the other from Little Ferry, after a Garfield police sergeant made contact with one of them, authorities said tonight.

Sgt. Mario Pozo connected with the girl, Harrison police were notified and both 17-year-olds were located, Capt. Darren Sucorowski told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight.

Their parents were notified, he said.

Garfield police had issued an alert earlier in the day, when Angel Reed and Noelle Forte were believed headed to the Jersey Shore or to Atlanta, Georgia

Noelle Forte (COURTESY: Forte family)

Noelle — who needs medication to control symptoms of psycho-effective disorder that include hallucinations — was supposed to have stayed at Reed’s home overnight on Saturday, her father, Frank Forte, told CLIFFVIEW PILOT yesterday.

“We thought they were having a sleepover,” he said. “They were there a few hours before they took off. They said they were going to stay out for awhile, but they never came back.”

Forte and his ex-wife, Mary Makinajian, adopted Noelle in Guatemala when she was 7 months old.

Two years ago, they turned to CLIFFVIEW PILOT after she ran away from St. Mary’s residential treatment center in Passaic for a second time in several months. She’d been been living with other girls who have similar conditions, her parents said.

“This isn’t a regular teenaged child who ran away,” her mother said at the time. “Her psychiatrist said she can only be off her meds for two days.

“She’ll start to hallucinate, see things, hear things, taste things,” Makinajian said. “She’ll feel like things are crawling on her, or that they’re in her head.”

Noelle previously spent a night in Manhattan, was taken into custody by the Port Authority police and was returned home before several stays at Bergen Regional Medical Center.

Her July 2013 disappearance ended after she and a friend saw fliers that her father had posted and distributed in Manhattan and New Jersey.

It turned out she’d been scraping by on the streets of Passaic and Paterson for several nights, her parents said.

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