HELL’S KITCHEN — In an apparent jab at the Church of Scientology, pranksters purporting to represent the church have launched a campaign pleading for the return of starlet Katie Holmes.
“MISSING,” read the poster featuring the stunning mug of the actress and wife of Tom Cruise, posted on a light pole in Hell’s Kitchen just blocks from the church’s West 46th Street location.
It urged passersby with information on Holmes' whereabouts to contact the church or visit a website, haveyouseenkatie.com, which directs users back to www.scientology.org.
The poster also included a phone number, claiming to be the “Church of Scientology’s Missing Person’s Department.”
Messages left at the number and for an official church representative were not immediately returned.
In addition to a gaggle of reporters, Holmes was reportedly being trailed by a mysterious white SUV spotted camped outside of the apartment staffed by members of the church attempting to chart her every move.
The missing poster was first noticed by eagle-eyed Larry Roberts, who heads the Midtown North police precinct’s Community Council.
He wondered whether the posters could be real.
“With their reputation, would anyone really put it past the Scientology people to put these fliers up? If this was a joke, it was ingenious!” he said, adding that he hoped no one had spotted him taking the flyer down.
“I'd really hate having a Scientology car watching my house from across the street.”