Jashyah Moore, 14, was last seen on October 14.
Her mother, Jamie Moore, sent her to get some juice and paper towels at Poppie’s Deli on Central Avenue, not far from their 3rd Ward home.
She says Jashyah initially returned home, but said she lost her mother’s credit card somewhere along the way.
Her mother said it had happened before and she suggested Jashyah go back and retrace her steps in an effort to find it.
“She left, she backtracked her steps and that was the last I saw her,” Jamie Moore said.
According to employees and surveillance footage from that date, Jashyah entered the store with an older man who paid for her items at the register. The footage does not appear to show the two leaving together.
Since then, the East Orange Police Department has been working with the FBI, the New Jersey State Police, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office to follow all leads related to Jashyah’s whereabouts
Jamie Moore says that her daughter’s disappearance is completely out of character.
“She, Jashyah is a smart girl and I can’t reiterate that enough. She would not stay out, she would not go out, go off with anyone. She’s a homebody, she plays video games, she likes to cook, she plays with her little brother, he’s like her best friend. I cannot imagine what she might be going through, just being away from us for this long, away from her family who loves her very much,” she said.
Through tears she added, “If anybody knows anything please, please come forward. My baby is going to high school, she’s a good girl, please, please.”
The Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program also is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the location and safe return of Jashyah.
Jashyah is 5’5″ tall and weighs about 135 pounds. She was last seen by her mother wearing khaki pants, a black jacket and black boots.
“Our police officers are working closely with our partnering agencies, analyzing data and following all tips that may lead us to Jashyah so we can bring her safely home,” said Chief Phyllis Bindi, East Orange Police Department. “We are asking for the public’s assistance and we urge anyone with information to contact our Tips Hotline at 973.266.5041. All tips may be reported anonymously.”
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