A 14-year-old New Jersey girl, who disappeared almost a month ago after visiting an East Orange deli to pick up some essentials for her family was found safe, authorities announced Thursday.
The girl was identified as Jashyah Moore, of East Orange whose disappearance sparked a desperate search in the region, and was found in New York City recently. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement
In the interview with PIX11 News, the Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II said that Moore is safe and is being provided all appropriate services and added that she will be returned to New Jersey shortly
“Jashyah is currently safe and is being provided all appropriate services,” the statement said. “She will be returned to NJ shortly. No additional information is available at this time.”
Surveillance video showed Jashyah enter the deli with an older man who helped pay for her items. The man cooperated with police, reports said.
According to Moore’s family, they decided to send handmade “missing” posters to the Mary Murphy Mystery Facebook page after her disappearance didn’t receive much attention when she first vanished on Oct. 14.
Moore’s mother also claimed that her daughter went to the U.S. Food Market on Central Avenue in East Orange at about 7:30 a.m. to buy juice and paper towels.
However, when she lost the family’s EBT card, Moore’s mother told her to retrace her steps which was the last time that she was seen.
On Sunday, investigators used sonar to search a pond as they looked for possible leads in her disappearance
“We’re confident that we’re going to bring her home safely to her family,” Essex County undersheriff Amir Jones said Sunday.