Update: According to abc7ny, Jashyah Moore has been found safe! A press conference will be held Friday 11/12/21 at 11:00am EST with more details.
East Orange, NJ- Have you seen 14-year-old Jashyah Moore?
According to WPIX, early on the morning of October 14, 2021, Jashyah Moore went to Poppie's Deli Store, located at 520 Central Avenue. When she returned home, she realized she had lost her family's EBT card. Jashyah's mother, Jamie Moore, instructed Jashyah to retrace her steps and find the card. Jashyah did return to the store, and she was told to come back at 2:00pm to review cameras to see if the owners could help her find her card. She left and that was the last time Jashyah was seen. Jamie grew worried when Jashyah never returned and set out to look for her.
PIX11 reports that after realizing she was not at Poppie's Deli Store, Jashyah's mother searched several more local stores before locating a nearby police officer and reporting her missing. Through surveillance footage and speaking with the employees of Poppie's Deli Store, Jamie learned a man helped Jashyah pay for her groceries. He has since been located and has been cooperative with police. He is not a suspect in Jashyah's disappearance, but he is of high importance in the case since he and the employees of the deli were the last people to see Jashyah before she disappeared at around 10:00am.
PIX11 reports Jamie Moore was also open about a pending domestic violence case involving her estranged husband. He has been cooperative with authorities and is not suspected of having a role in Jashyah's case. However, Jashyah's aunt, Yolanda Moore, isn't so sure. She states, “I saw him punch my niece twice in the face, and I think it’s extremely convenient and coincidental that my niece goes missing a couple of weeks later.”
Now the family is struggling to find media coverage. Yolanda Moore (Jashyah's aunt) states to WPIX, “When you’re in a disenfranchised community like East Orange there’s a lot of, I would say, ignoring of black little girls.” Joshyah is not receiving the attention of other missing person cases like the national spotlight given to Gabby Petito, even with a $20,000 reward for Jashyah Moore's safe return.
CBS news states since Jashyah's disappearance, many personal belongings have been confiscated from the family's home such as items from Jashyah's room and Jamie Moore's cell phone.
Jamie Moore told CBS, "She did not run away. She was abducted. I don't know who did it, but we're looking for you."
Jashyah is 5ft 5in and weighs 135lbs. At the time of her disappearance she was wearing khaki pants, a black jacket, and black boots.