FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens – The NYPD has released images of a person of interest last seen with missing Bronx teen Alyssa Baez inside a Queens subway station several days after she vanished from her Bronx high school.
Baez, 14, who was reported missing last Monday, was spotted with a man five days later, around 8 p.m. Friday, entering the Far Rockaway/Mott Avenue train station, police said early Monday.
In this subway image, she was seen wearing a blue-hooded sweatshirt, a black sport-type tank top and blue jeans with two tears on each leg above and below her knees. Baez is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 115 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair, and is believed to be in good health.
Her companion appears to be around 18 years old, with light facial hair. He was donning a gray sweatshirt with a black hood, torn white jeans and black sneakers.
A tearful Tiffany Valentin, Baez's mother, told PIX11 her disappearance is unlike her and the family has received little help from the NYPD.
"Anything you see is because of what me, my family and friends have done," Valentin said. "Something is not right, my daughter would not do this."
Before the new pictures, her last reported sighting was in front of her school, Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, around 8:15 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17. At the time, she was wearing a purple-hooded sweater, a black polo shirt and khaki pants then.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).