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Orange Ct teen Isabella Oleschuk found safe - she may have run away after being bullied

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An Orange Ct. missing teen, Isabella Oleschuk, has been found safe and sound after reported missing from her parents home over the weekend. It is suspected that the girl being bullied may have caused her to run away.

An Orange Ct. missing teen, Isabella Oleschuk, has been found safe and sound after reported missing from her parents home over the weekend.

Isabella Oleschuk was originally labeled an “endangered runaway,” by the Orange Police Department after a report that a girl meeting her description was seen walking with a white male down Race Brook Rd between 6am and 8am on Sunday morning. Race Brook Rd is near the girls home.

The 13 year old was found safe and sound at a friend’s home. At the time of the press conference, paramedics and police were on their way to her to check her out, according to Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne.

Police would not give anymore information about the circumstances which led the police to Isabella Oleschuk, although Lee Ireland, a deputy pastor at the First Congregational Church, emphasized efforts to combat bullying. Many have speculated Isabella being bullied might have caused her to run away.

Ireland went on to say, “ If you have children, go home and hug them. If you know your child is being bullied, intervene. If in fact that is what this case is about, it is important that you speak to your children and help them.”

The search for Isabella Oleschuk involved volunteers from miles around, including volunteer firefighters from Monroe, Trumbull, Shelton, Derby, and Seymour. Roman Oleschuk, Isabella’s father is a local volunteer and a full-time fire fighter in West Haven, Connecticut.

Police held a press conference in the basement of the Orange Congregational Church and when it was announced that Isabella Oleschuk has been found safe, cheers went out in the crowd. The announcement that Isabella has been found was made at 11:10 this morning.

Isabella Oleschuk, is deaf in one ear and at the time she left her parents home, she did not take her hearing aid with her, the girls parents told police. The FBI, along with state and local police, have searched for the 13 year old all through the wooded area in Orange Ct near the girls home. The search also had hundreds of volunteers.

Jeff Dwyer, a deacon at the First Congregational Church was elated and said, “God is good.” When hearing the news. The Church was full of neighbors, friends, and people from all over who have been very concerned about this missing teen.

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