Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The Disappearance of JaShyah Moore


JaShyah Moore (14) has been missing since October 14th, 2021. The young teen vanished under suspicious circumstances in East Orange, New Jersey. On the day of JaShyah's disappearance, her mother sent her to a local store called U.S. Market to buy some juice and paper towels. A short time after leaving her home, JaShyah returned empty-handed after saying that she lost the card she was going to use to purchase the items. JaShyah's mother then sent her back out to retrace her steps. After an hour passed without JaShyah's return, her mother began to worry. Police were called later that day.

JaShyah reportedly does not own a cell phone, so police were unable to look at cell phone pings to track her movements. Investigators spoke to employees at U.S. Market, who stated that JaShyah was accompanied by an unidentified man who paid for her items at the store. Local surveillance footage revealed that JaShyah was last seen near Poppie's Deli between 10:00 and 10:30 AM. JaShyah's mother was unaware that JaShyah had also stopped at Poppie's in addition to U.S. Market. It's unclear if JaShyah was accompanied by the unidentified man at Poppie's as well--but this is the last known sighting of her, and she has not been seen or heard from again.

JaShyah's estranged stepfather is a police officer for the East Orange PD. According to JaShyah's aunt, the stepfather is currently facing assault charges from an incident that occurred in the previous year. JaShyah's aunt told reporters, "I saw him punch my niece twice in the face."While this suggests that the niece in question was JaShyah, this has not yet been confirmed. Two weeks before JaShyah's disappearance, her mother received a letter that stated the case was going to the grand jury. 

It seems quite suspicious that JaShyah vanished a short time after her mother received the letter-however investigators currently do not believe that the two cases are related. Essex County authorities stated, "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."

The FBI has since joined the search of JaShyah. If you have any information that could lead to her whereabouts, please go here to submit a tip. 

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UPDATE (Nov. 12, 2021): JaShyah has been found safe!

The teen was located at a shelter in Harlem, New York after reportedly running away from home. According to investigators, JaShyah did not want to return home and allegedly felt safer in the shelter. JaShyah's mother has since been arrested and charged with child endangerment. Both JaShyah and her 3 year-old sibling have been removed from the mother's custody. 


sources: [1, 2, 3]

6 comments:

  1. She was found safe in NYC, thank God!

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  2. Its ridiculous that she had to run away in order to be removed from her abusive household and that she felt safer in a shelter than at home. Its more ridiculous that her mom didnt protect her. Im glad she was found alive and safe unlike many other unlucky peope. While reading this, I thought surely she wasnt going to be found alive and that her step father and possibly her mom having something to do with it. Its unfortunate that a lot of women these days will put up with or participate in violence against their children, just to keep a useless P.O.S. man in her life and from leaving her. Somr worthless jerk ends up meaning more to her instead of her own children. Its sick and twisted. Im not sure if this guy had a job but in most cases that type of man is usually a broke ass leech too.

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    1. Agree. I hope she is doing okay now. <3

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    2. I hope so too. I hope she's with a better family or In a better home. It's just so heartbreaking to see/hear/read that a CHILD felt SAFER in a SHELTER.... in NYC nonetheless. It's cases like this that make me wish I had the money to take care of or do something for kids that are in a bad place.

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