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Schenectady police seek teen who left group home

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Schenectady police are asking for help in finding a teenager who ran away more than two weeks ago and is considered at risk. Rebecca Patrick, 17, left the Northeast Parent & Child Society group home on Eastern Parkway on Oct. 26 and has yet to return, according to a police release issued today. Police described her as at risk because she does not have medication with her needed to treat a mental health disorder. They ...

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November 10, 2012
7:07 p.m.

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2 weeks is a long time to wait before sharing information with the public. Lots of time lost...

NEPC seems to have some security issues. Hope they do something to fix that, instead of worrying about this type of thing "getting out". It's a shame it didn't "get out" sooner. Withholding the escape - that should be some sort of crime, honestly.

November 10, 2012
11:26 p.m.

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NEPCS can not release client info to the public unless certain circumstances happen. They have to keep the client's info confidential and typically these youth come back to the group homes on their own. There are rules the agencies must abide by to ensure clients well being and safety. These youth do not ESCAPE per say and don't chew out NEPCS, you have no idea what it is like for the staff and clients there. I have personally lived in the Zoller Girls Home at 1768 Eastern Parkway in Schenectady and I know the girls there have a lot going on in their lives and the staff there do their best to aide the girls.

November 11, 2012
7:23 p.m.

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I understand both posts above, different perspectives on this situation. However, if I read correctly, I believe the INTENT of Irene58's post is the notion that the sooner the public is aware of a missing person, the better chance & increased probability of finding and helping the missing person. I think its a little unfair to chastise Irene58 for that sentiment. I do not believe that Irene's post was a criticism of any individual staffer or group of staffers. Just sayin'