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Jocelyn Zacarias, 14, was last seen more than 24 hours ago near Penelope Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park.

A Rego Park teenager who went missing two days ago has been found safe, police announced on Saturday.

Jocelyn Zacarias, 14, was reported missing during the early morning hours of July 5 after leaving home without her phone and without telling her parents where she was heading. She was reportedly last seen that morning near Penelope Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park near the Middle Village border at approximately 7:15 a.m.

According to her mother, Mickey Zacarias, it was very uncharacteristic for Jocelyn to leave without telling anyone.

She always follows the rules and is very well mannered,” Zacarias said. “She has such a great personality, she’s always helpful and that’s part of the reason there’s such a big spreading of the word.”

Detectives from the 112th Precinct investigated the disappearance and were very patient with Zacarias’ frequent calls for updates, she said. The case was treated as a runaway incident because Jocelyn was not believed to be in imminent danger when she went missing.

Zacarias told QNS on Friday that the last person to see Jocelyn was a member of the community who knew her and said she didn’t appear to be in any distress at that time.

Zacarias added that Jocelyn is very involved in their local church, she plays school sports and “for the most part between Forest Hills and Rego Park, there’s nobody that doesn’t know her.”

On July 7, the NYPD announced that Jocelyn had been located and was safe. Further details were not disclosed.

This is a developing story; check QNS later for updates.


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