Missing teen found in Hialeah motel 3 counties away

By CRA News Service

DELRAY BEACH – A missing Delray Beach teen, who disappeared after she left for school Tuesday morning, has been found safe in a Hialeah motel room.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Guerriero confirmed that 17-year old Jade Beneby was found alive and safe but released no further details. Detectives who had been investigating her disappearance are traveling to question her, she said.

Hialeah police spokesperson Carl Zogby confirmed the Atlantic High School senior was found in a room shortly before 3:30
p.m. at the El Paraiso Motel, 1615 W. Okeechobee Road.

“Thank you Jesus for bringing my daughter home,” said Sandra Stewart, who was flanked by friends and family. “When I got text saying, ‘Help me mommy,’ all I knew was to call on Jesus and Jesus brought us through.”

Information about how she was discovered was sketchy and police officials say they were waiting to interview Beneby to determine what happened in the eight hours she was missing. They also will review the tapes at the El Paraiso to see who she entered the motel with, which could help determine whether she went against her will.

Police towed a Silver Mercedes CLS 500 from the motel. An unmarked police car escorted the car.

Authorities cancelled a Florida Missing Child Alert, which had been issued for Beneby who was last seen around 6:30 a.m. as she left to walk to her bus stop at SW 8th Avenue and 1st Street, four blocks from her home.

Shortly after 7 a.m., she sent a text message to her mother saying she needed help. A minute after that, she sent another text saying she did all she could but that she was in the trunk of a car.

Stewart rushed to the police department, where she and her family spent the day.

“They never once gave me a hard time,” she said. “They automatically just rushed me, took my phone, started going through my texts, and it was just a mob of officers came together as one.

The girl’s father, Charles Beneby, said his daughter, who would be turning 18 next month, got good grades in school. He also said that she lives with her mother 80 percent of the time and he had seen her two weeks ago.

Reaction to the disappearance was mixed at Atlantic High School on Tuesday and classes went on as usual. Teachers, however cautioned students to be careful as they walk to their bus stops.

 

You may reach the reporter at editor@delraybeachtribune.com
or 561-665-0151.

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