Brooklyn, NY

Heroic Mom Rescues Daughter Missing for Nearly 2 Months

Fatim Hemraj
TiJae BakerNews Break

In June 2022, I covered the disappearance of 23-year-old art student, TiJae Baker.

On May 1, TiJae told her mother, Toquanna, that she was going to Washington, D.C. to design posters for a woman she met on Instagram. Her phone was shut off shortly after she boarded a bus near her home in Brooklyn.

TiJae failed to return home the next day as planned and all activity on her social media accounts ceased. She was immediately reported missing but authorities refused to file a report right away since TiJae is an adult, free to come and go as she pleases. Instead, she was classified as a runaway.

But Toquanna knew her daughter didn’t just up and leave voluntarily. Her motherly instinct was proven to be correct when she received a chilling call.

Exactly a month into her disappearance on June 1, TiJae called her mother. Whispering, she pleaded for help. Using phone records, Toquanna traced the call to a Maryland nail salon but by the time she arrived, TiJae was nowhere to be found. However, CCTV footage confirmed she had been there.

Toquanna didn’t give up. She searched all over Prince George County where her daughter was last seen and plastered the city with missing posters.

On June 24, Toquanna announced that she had found TiJae sleeping at a bus stop with the help of several tips; a store owner, a security guard, and a bus driver had recognized TiJae thanks to her missing posters.

Toquanna confirmed that her daughter had in fact been lured to D.C. and held against her will. She was found with abrasions on her ankles and feet.

TiJae is now recovering at home with her loved ones nearly two months after she disappeared.

No arrests have been made so far.

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