UPDATE: JaShyah has been found safe as of November 11, 2021. Click here for the update.
Authorities are searching for a missing teen who vanished after going to an East Orange, New Jersey deli last month.
14-year-old JaShyah Moore was last seen on October 14 at around 10 a.m. She took a trip to Poppies Deli, according to a press release from the city of East Orange. The teenager had gone to the store to pick up items for her family earlier that morning.
That morning, JaShyah visited the U.S. Food Market on Central Avenue to buy orange juice and paper towels, but lost the family’s EBT card, her mother said.
“I just said, ‘Backtrack your steps,’” her mom Jamie Moore said.
However, when JaShyah didn’t return within the hour, Jamie searched several delis on Central Avenue to look for her. She later reported the teenager, who does not have a cellphone, as missing to police.
A clerk at the store where JaShyah was last seen told PIX 11 that the teenager was accompanied by a man who paid for her groceries.
According to online sources, JaShyah was set to testify before a grand jury against her stepfather, Jamie’s husband and an East Orange police officer, in a domestic violence case stemming from last year.
“The domestic violence case is proceeding against the defendant,” Essex County Public Information Officer Katherine Carter said in a statement. “We are aware of the fact that the mother reported the daughter missing. The missing person’s case is being handled by municipal authorities in East Orange. At this point, the domestic violence assault and the status of the missing person do not appear to be related; however, it is being monitored by law enforcement.”
East Orange Police Chief Phyllis Bindi says officers are working closely with partner agencies, as they continue to analyze data and follow every tip that may lead police to find JaShyah.
Further details regarding JaShyah’s disappearance have not been released by New Jersey authorities. The East Orange Police Department, the FBI and State Police are working together to find her.
Police urge anyone with information to contact their Tips Hotline at 973-266-5041.