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Natalia 'OK,' Calls Home; Still On Run

Community's massive outpouring of support for missing Plainview teen is still needed, Mom says.

the missing junior, contacted her mother early Thursday and is "OK," but still on the run.

Natalia's mother, Diane Muoio of Plainview, confirmed today she had a brief conversation with her daughter Thursday morning. The 17-year-old's conversation was brief but indicated she is "OK," her mother said.

Nassau Police Detectives said they, too, had learned of the conversation and were continuing to actively pursue the case as a runaway incident. Police and family members continue to be concerned for Natalia's safety and well-being because of previous indications of abuse at the hands of another person.

Natalia disappeared on Nov. 30 and, until Thursday morning's phone call, hadn't been heard from since.

The massive outpouring of support from the Plainview community has had an apparent impact on the case, authorities said. Diane Muoio asked for that support to continue so that Natalia is returned home and she gets the help she needs.

"Now we have more work to do," Diane said.

Patch will continue to update this story as it develops.

Contact Local Editor Joe Dowd with any information at : joe.dowd@patch.com  or continue to add notes of support to the Plainview Patch website's comments section.

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George December 08, 2011 at 05:00 PM
great news, now let's hope she will come back home!
Nicole Murphy December 08, 2011 at 05:12 PM
good to hear she reached home, hopefully she returns soon!
Karen Bressner December 08, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Great news. Keep us posted and let us know if there is anything more the community can do to help get her home.
Joe Dowd (Editor) December 08, 2011 at 10:30 PM
It might be helpful if people repost this in their Facebook status around the Plainview, Hicksville and Bethpage areas. There is tremendous interest in this story and concern for Natalia's well being. An entire community wants to help this young woman. It is appreciated by the family.
Adina Genn (Editor) December 08, 2011 at 11:01 PM
Thanks for the update. Glad to hear Natalia and her mom are in touch.
Lisa Thodde December 09, 2011 at 08:40 AM
I hope she returns safely! I am a former Plainview resident who now resides in South Florida but am still wishing the best for Natalia and her family. I posted this on my facebook to spread the awareness to everyone I know that lives there.
Joe Dowd (Editor) December 09, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Lisa and Adina; thank you for your kind thoughts and concern for Natalia. Hopefully this is resolved soonest and she can come home.
Cait December 11, 2011 at 03:35 PM
I've made facebook statuses, tumblr posts, twitter updates and etc. about this. I am from the next town over and to see this happen in my area to a girl my age is so scary. I really just hope that she's okay, above all else. I have also considered getting my school involved in some kind of awareness of Natalia's absence.
Joe Dowd (Editor) December 11, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Well done, Cait; Please let me know if you get your school involved. I'll run a story about that. Thank you.

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