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Search for missing NJ woman expands to Jersey Shore

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ASBURY PARK, N.J. (PIX11) -- Jim McCallum walked up and down the boardwalk in Asbury Park on Sunday asking if anyone had seen his daughter, 30-year-old Meaghan McCallum.

“My daughter has been missing for over 30 days, over 30 days now. And her car was located last Saturday in Long Branch,” said McCallum to passersby.

“I’ve been distributing leaflets and asking people if they had seen her. There has been a couple of leads. Unfortunately nothing has panned out yet. But we continue to search,” he said.

Meaghan ‘Meg’ McCallum has been missing since the morning of March 11th. Her family says she was staying with her grandmother in Montvale, N.J. for a couple days when her dog started barking in the middle of the night. Her grandmother discovered Meg and her car were gone.

The McCallum’s live in Oakland. They say Meg had left home to stay with her grandmother after things got tense. Her parents say she struggles with mental illness and they had been trying to persuade her to stay on medication.

After weeks of tirelessly searching around Bergen County for her or her car, the family thought they had caught a break when her black Subaru Impreza turned up 80 miles away. Police say it was stolen out of a parking garage in Long Branch, New Jersey. Surveillance tapes proved that Meg drove her car into the garage and walked out alone. She left behind her purse and keys. As weeks passed, her car was ticketed, before being stolen and sold. Once back on the road, the car was eventually flagged and picked up by police.

The search for Meg has now shifted to Jersey shore. Where friends, family and volunteers have spent the week posting fliers and asking for help finding her. Boats spent two days scouring the ocean off the beach in Long Branch. No sign of her since the surveillance tape has surfaced.

“Just keep an eye out. If you see her, please report it to the police immediately,” said Meg’s father, Jim. “She’s deeply loved. She’s deeply missed. And we want her safe at home with us.”