Missing New Jersey teen Jashyah Moore found safe in Harlem, Manhattan; had last been seen in October
Essex County officials announced Thursday night that the 14-year-old was safely located in Harlem and was being provided all appropriate services.
Officials said she would be returned to New Jersey shortly.
Her mother, Jamie Moore, posted on their GoFundMe site a new message pushing for changes to be made to the Amber Alert protocols, “No mother should go through what I have these last few weeks. My family and I want to ensure certain legal channels are altered to better aid families in preventing possible tragedies. This includes certain law enforcement protocols like the Amber Alert. Please help us make a difference.”
Authorities will hold a press conference to release new details on Friday at 11 a.m.
The news came the same day new surveillance video showed her on the day she disappeared. The footage showed the 14-year-old inside a food market in East Orange, New Jersey, on October 14.
Police said she was shown with the man who paid for the items she took to the counter. The two also made purchases at a bodega.
The teenager had gone missing nearly a month ago. She was last seen outside Poppie’s Deli on Central Avenue in East Orange.
Her mother joined community members in handing out fliers on Thursday.
“If anyone has seen Jashyah, if anyone owns the store that may have gotten footage, and you have something, if you could share it with us or share it with the police,” Jamie Moore said earlier in the day.
A reward total of up to $20,000 had been offered by the Essex County Crime Stoppers program to help find the teen.
The FBI even put roadside billboards in many locations. Moore said she appreciated the attention now but questioned why authorities hesitated to put out an Amber Alert when her daughter first went missing.
“My daughter did not run away, an Amber Alert, right away, they should have put it in, but because it didn’t fit the criteria — what the h*ll is the criteria?” Moore said. “For us to never see her again?”
Details of her recovery and her whereabouts for the past month were expected to be released during the press conference.
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