An Amber Alert was issued Thursday in the search for a 12-year-old girl, Malaya Johnson. Johnson disappeared from Hudson Falls, New York, on Wednesday.
The AMBER Alert listed her as in danger. However, now the NYPD says the girl has contacted her family to let them know she is safe but “not coming home.”
On Thursday, the police intercepted a red, two-door Ford Mustang they believed she was riding in near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal on Bay Street. Two people were taken into custody, reported a local CBS affiliate.
The Washington County sheriff’s arrested 19-year-old George Torres. He was charged with child endangerment in the case.
Police said Torres and Johnson met online. When they spoke online, she told him she was 18 years old. He later told police there was no sexual contact between them, and he left as soon as he realized her age.
“We know that she does have individuals that she’s in contact with right in the New York City area. There was an individual that she had met up with. That person was taken into custody yesterday. But at this point, the 12-year-old has not been located,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. “There has been no explicit, at this point, danger. But of course, we’d like to get her safely home as quickly as possible.”
Johnson remains at large, but investigators do not believe she is in any danger. In other news, please pray for the family of a North Carolina little boy whose missing person case came to a tragic end.