FBI asks missing teen’s mom for polygraph, takes DNA swab

The Missing

Breaking update as of Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, 3:30 p.m.: The mother of a New Jersey teen who disappeared and was later found safe in New York City was arrested Friday, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Editor’s note: Though the teen’s name was widely publicized during the search for her, PIX11 News is not identifying her now that she’s been found and is considered the victim of an alleged crime.

Breaking update as of Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 at 10 p.m.: The teen was found in New York City, officials said.

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EAST ORANGE, N.J. —  The mother of a missing 14-year-old was asked to take a polygraph test by the FBI, according to the mom herself.

Jamie Moore told PIX11 News Monday night she was questioned for two hours by FBI agents at the East Orange Police Department, who then asked her to take a polygraph Tuesday morning at Newark’s FBI headquarters.

“They swabbed my mouth and took my DNA,” she said.

The teen’s mother was upset about what happened during the time she was at the police station, when East Orange cops returned to the apartment where she was staying on Amherst Street.

“While I was talking to the FBI, they went to my house and took my iPhone, which was deactivated,” the mother told PIX11 News Monday.

Jamie Moore said the phone contained important photos and videos related to a domestic violence case against her estranged husband, an East Orange police officer. 

The family’s toothbrushes were also retrieved.

Jamie Moore said it was upsetting to see an East Orange officer walking out of the house with her iPhone Monday afternoon.

“I didn’t sign a consent,” Moore said. “I feel my rights were violated. These people, they treat me mean.”

On Tuesday afternoon, East Orange Mayor Ted Green and Police Chief Phyllis Bindi held a press briefing on the case, with Bindi telling reporters, “the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has added (the girl’s) poster to its web page.”

The Chief urged people to keep their eyes and ears open.

“If you see (the missing girl), if you overhear someone talking about (the girl), please contact us,” Bindi said.

Green mentioned a rally being planned for Tuesday evening at the corner where the girl was last seen.

“(The missing girl) is one of our own,” Green said. “She is only 14 years old, and we know she needs our help.”

Jamie Moore, her daughter, and her 3-year-old son, had been staying with a close friend after last year’s domestic violence incident in Irvington.

Jamie Moore said her daughter had gone to the local deli early on the morning of Oct. 14 to buy juice and paper towels.

When the teen returned home, the mother said the girl had lost the family’s debit card, so she asked her daughter to retrace her steps.

The now missing girl never came home after that.

PIX11 News photographer Bill Muller was at the Moore apartment Tuesday morning when four FBI agents and two police officers showed up to question the man who was letting the family stay there in recent months.

Anyone who has tips or information regarding Moore are asked to call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office at 877-847-7432 or the East Orange Police Department 973-266-5041.

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