Update: The Bronx girl who disappeared from home Tuesday borrowed a traffic officer’s phone to call her mother Thursday afternoon, the relieved mom told PIX11 News in a call just before 2 p.m. PIX11 News has removed identifying information from the story below because the girl is a minor and no longer considered endangered.
Original story —
MOTT HAVEN, The Bronx (PIX11) — The mother of a 13-year-old girl asked for the public’s help Wednesday, more than 24 hours after her daughter left the family’s apartment and didn’t come back.
She said the main clue she received to her daughter’s whereabouts was a text message from the girl’s friend.
“She had seen her at 9:37 p.m. yesterday at a train station with a man,” the mother told PIX11 News, quoting the text. “When I asked her which station, she didn’t respond.”
The tearful mother said she was seeking help from the Citizen App and Facebook to find her daughter, reading one message Wednesday night that the girl might have been spotted on the No. 2 train.
The mother said her daughter is a seventh-grader, but she was off from classes this week. The mom said the 13-year-old plays on the softball team at the school.
“I don’t allow her to have access to social media,” the mother said, her voice filled with emotion. “I’m very concerned.”
The girl is the oldest of three. The family lives in St. Mary’s Houses in the Bronx; the mother said she reported her daughter missing to Housing Authority police officers and showed PIX11 News a complaint number.
The mother said her daughter is an A-plus student at school and never did anything like this before. She said the only issue she had dealt with was “just typical teenage drama.”