paige-aielloPaige Aiello, 22, is a college senior who had been working two jobs and preparing to attend Rutgers Law School this fall when she suddenly went missing three days ago.

The honor student was last seen Tuesday March 9, 2013 by her father, Christopher Aiello and about two hours later her mother noticed her vehicle had been taken without her permission. Authorities said the car was found at a parking garage near a train station in a New Brunswick and later that same night her purse and car keys were discovered by a passerby on the south walkway of the George Washington bridge in NYC, which has her parents very worried. They have tried reaching her on her mobile phone numerous times to no avail.

‘Please get a phone,’ Christopher Aiello said ‘Call because we need you and want to see you again.’

Paige had recently moved back to her parents home to be with her family after struggling to deal with stress of her busy schedule, her family said. Her father believes her 22nd birthday, which was to be celebrated yesterday, could be a motive to her disappearance.

‘With her birthday coming and with the fact that she was distraught, [maybe] she just wanted to be missing and not celebrate during this time,’ Mr Aiello told NBC. ‘I really don’t know what to think.’

He also said that his daughter was the captain of the school’s woman’s tennis team and described her as being a ‘high achiever” and was dealing with alot of stress prior to her disappearance.

“She has been all-conference and has been accepted into approximately nine law schools for next year,” he said. “It’s maybe just too much.”

“She had hit almost like a wall where she felt she was not maybe either worthy of all this or she just couldn’t handle it. So the message that at least I’ve been saying all day is not only do we have to be watching our children that are not doing well and getting in trouble but we have to see and watch the kids that are the over-achievers. They have a self-imposed stress,” Aiello said. “She did express stress.”

NYPD have scanned the water below the bridge but have so far found no trace of the missing student. Christopher Aiello said he had been briefed by the Port Authority Police Thursday afternoon that no witnesses had reported seeing anyone jumping from the bridge, which gives many hope that she will be found alive.

Paige is described as a White female with long brown hair, brown eyes and a thin frame. She appears to have light freckles on her face.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re urged to please contact the phone numbers listed on Paige’s poster above.