The Hamden Police Department is actively searching for a teenage girl reported missing Monday morning.
Police said they received information that Emma Tobin, 14, left her home around midnight and left a concerning note for her parents.
"Her parents awoke this morning and she was missing," said Hamden police Capt. Ronald Smith. "Her father went searching for her with negative results."
A Silver Alert was issued for Emma Monday afternoon.
Members of the Hamden Police Department, Hamden Fire Department and the Community Emergency Response Team searched West Rock Ridge State Park around Lake Wintergreen.
"I'm worried because we had cops come out of our woods saying her cell phone signal was picked up and being a mother of kids it touches home," said Rosemary Tobin.
The search, which included all-terrain vehicles, police dogs and a police helicopter, moved to a wooded area near Paradise Avenue where investigators pinged her cell phone.
Crews also handed out flyers to residents and passers-by. The search is expected to continue until it becomes dark.
"It was surprising because I went to school with her," said Dominic Spino.
Spino said all the commotion outside of his Paradise Avenue home was overwhelming and to know they are searching for his former classmate was a shock.
"A lot of cops coming down, asking us questions," Spino said.
Tobin was described as a white female who is 5'6" tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has dirty blonde hair, hazel eyes and may have been wearing an orange and black-colored shirt, blue jeans and black-colored high-top sneakers.
Lake Wintergreen remained open during the search.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call police at 203-230-4000.
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