12-year-old Jaleni Lewis-Castagna was located just after 10:00 p.m.
The Barnegat Police Department received numerous tips through the department's Facebook page and calls from area residents who believed that they had seen the juvenile walking in the area of Route 72 in Manahawkin.
Residents also reported seeing the juvenile in the McDonald's and Regal 10 movie theater.
Barnegat officers canvassed area businesses based on the information received, and Jaleni was found by Detective Hetrick inside of the TGI Fridays on Route 72 in Manahawkin.
The Barnegat Police department credits the community for the overwhelming amount of support and assistance the agency received during the search.