UPDATE: Monitoring children's activity online begins with an open dialogue, police say

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HARRISON COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) -- UPDATE 06/26/19 @ 7:00 p.m.
We told you yesterday that the missing 15-year-old girl from Clarksburg was found safely.

Missing, 15-year-old Hannah Romig

Hannah Romig was found in the Bronx, New York Tuesday after she was reported missing Sunday night.

A person she was with was detained by the FBI, police said. We're working to learn if that person is facing charges.

"I am very thankful to the Clarksburg police FBI and New York police for their efforts," her mother told 5 News. "Also the community who shared Hannah’s story and got it out there."

Officials said she was talking to someone on her Facebook and told her twin sister they were picking her up.

The investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, law enforcement officials in our area are offering tips to parents to monitor their kids online.

"First of all, you want to educate yourself on social media," said Monongalia County Sheriff Perry Palmer. "See what they're using, what device they're using, how they're using it."

The Federal Trade Commission also offers tips for how to deal with kids of all ages on the internet, especially when it comes to social media.

A link to those resources and more can be found in 'Related Links' (below on mobile, to the right on desktop).

Teach your kids about the possible consequences of words and images posted on the internet. Make sure they know to only be comfortable sharing what a broader audience will see. Plus, once something is posted, it can't be taken back, even if it appears like it's gone.

Law enforcement are continuously facing the uphill battle of fighting crime in the digital realm. Local officials warn parents to be vigilant with their children on social media.

"Have an open dialogue with your child," Palmer said. "Know their password so you can get into it, and check it periodically when you can."

UPDATE 06/25/19 @ 6:00 p.m.
The missing 15-year-old girl from Clarksburg has been found.

According to Clarksburg Police, Hannah Romig was found safe in Bronx, New York.

According to CPD the person Romig was with was detained by the FBI.

According to a press release, she was talking to someone on her Facebook and told her twin sister where they were picking her up.

No other information has been released. We're working to get you more details.



UPDATE 06/24/2019 6:40
According to a press release from the Clarksburg Police Department, detectives and patrol officers have been searching for 15-year-old Hannah Romig from the Stealey area of Clarksburg.

Hannah went missing from her home around 10:30 P.M. on Sunday June 23rd.

According to the press release she was talking to someone on her Facebook and told her twin sister where they were picking her up.

Police say she has ADHD, depression, and is developmentally delayed. She was last seen wearing denim shorts a blue Ravenclaw shirt, and flowered sandals. She was also carrying a unicorn backpack and a small round pink Coach flower purse.

If you have any leads you are asked to contact the Clarksburg Police Department tip line at 304-624-1625. Tips can be made anonymously

Hannah's father Chad Romig pleads that anyone with information please come forward. He says "We love you very much Hannah. Anyone that has any information that can help her come home to us, contact the Clarksburg Police Department, contact your local news stations, we have messages out on Facebook, all of our friends are looking for her. Help us bring our Hannah back safe".

UPDATE 06/24/2019 05:30 P.M.
Hannah Romig's family believes that Hannah may be traveling with the family's pet cat.

Hannah's father, Chad Romig says that Hannah's safety is the family's top concern.


ORIGINAL STORY 06/24/2019 9:18 A.M.
The Clarksburg Police Department needs your help find a missing 15-year-old girl from the Stealey area of Clarksburg.

According to the Clarksburg Police Department, Hannah Romig went missing from her house at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night.

Romig is described as being 5’3” and weighing 170 pounds with short brown hair. Police say she has ADHD, depression, and is developmentally delayed.

According to the girl’s mother, she had recently been talking to strangers online.

If you see her or have any information on where she may be, you are asked to call the Clarksburg Police Department.