It’s with great relief that I report JaShyah Moore, the missing 14-year-old girl from East Orange, New Jersey, has been found safe.
According to Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, the teen ran away from home, changed her appearance, and was evading being found.
A man, described as a good samaritan recognized JaShyah Moore, who was staying at a Brooklyn shelter, and pressed her until she finally admitted she was the missing girl everyone was looking for.
Stephens said, “Obviously, this was an extremely resilient and resourceful young woman,” considering her ability to live on her own for almost a month without any money.
JaShyah is still in the custody of the county prosecutor’s office and the New Jersey Department of Child Protection and Permanency.
Authorities plan to speak with her mother, Jamie Moore, later today to find out what may have prompted the 14-year-old to run away from home.
JaShyah vanished on the morning of October 14, 2021, after she returned to a local deli to look for a lost debit card.
The teen’s mother was distraught as she and the community searched for her daughter.
A relative revealed JaShyah Moore had been assaulted by her stepfather, an East Orange police officer, and her mother recently received a letter for the teen to testify in front of a grand jury.
Perhaps fear may have caused her to run away from home.
This story is developing, but I am so happy to report JaShyah is safe and sound.
Please say a prayer for her.