Update: The girl was found safe in the Bronx late Tuesday night, her family told PIX11 News. For the latest updates on this story, click here. The story below has been updated to remove the girl’s name and image because she is a minor.
EAST FLATBUSH, N.Y. (PIX11) — A Brooklyn family on Tuesday was frantically searching for a 12-year-old on the autism spectrum who disappeared Saturday night after spending the day messaging with a male on Instagram, according to her mother.
“He was just telling her to wait until everybody in the family fell asleep and just leave,” the girl’s mother told PIX11 News.
The mom said she accessed her daughter’s Instagram account to get a sense of what happened before the girl left her great-grandmother’s home on Clarendon Road Saturday night. The girl was captured on a RING camera – footage that was obtained by PIX11 News – leaving the home at 11:40 p.m. wearing pink sweatpants, a camouflage sweatshirt, and tan UGG boots.
“We’ve been trying to call her and text her and she’s basically blocked the family,” the worried mother said.
The mom said some of the messages on her daughter’s account were disturbing and she worried her child could be in danger.
The girl’s great-aunt is a retired NYPD detective trying to help find the seventh-grader, who attends school in Borough Park.
“She’s always stayed in contact with her grandmother, great-grandmother and her mother,” she said. “She’s never stopped communicating with anyone (before).”
The mother said she found photos of the apparent teen who was chatting with the girl on Instagram. She said she believes the boy attends a Catholic high school in the Bronx but she did not identify him.
The mom said her father tried to call the girl repeatedly and received crude messages back, which she said aren’t like her daughter.
“What the f— do you want? Why the f— are you calling?” one text allegedly asked.
The mother on Tuesday urgently appealed for help to find her daughter.
“This isn’t like her,” she said. “We just know she’s being manipulated.”
The NYPD’s 67th Squad in Brooklyn is investigating the missing person case. Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Marco Balboni at 718-287-3249.