Reward increased to $20K for information regarding missing East Orange teen
Authorities have increased the reward for information regarding a missing East Orange teenager to $20,000.
Jashyah Moore, 14, went missing on Oct. 14. She was last seen leaving Poppie’s Deli on Central Avenue.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has now taken over the investigation. Investigators say that they are looking into all possibilities regarding Moore’s disappearance.
East Orange police previously said that no foul play was suspected. But acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens says that the office won’t rule it out.
“We are investigating and looking at all avenues with regards to this case,” says Chief Mitchell McGuire.
It comes a night after Moore’s mother Jamie Moore insisted that her daughter was kidnapped and did not run away. Authorities have not named any suspects or persons of interest.
Moore’s stepfather is a former East Orange police officer, who was involved in a domestic violence case against Jamie Moore. He was fired last month.
“We’ve questioned that officer, as well as many other individuals involved in this case, so with regard to individuals who are persons of interest, we are not at liberty to speak on that,” says Stephens.
The prosecutor says that about 50 officers were out on Wednesday following up on old leads and doing interviews. They have also been looking at security video. Authorities believe that someone among the public holds the key to finding Moore.
“If the money is a motivator – most of the time it’s not. People really care and understand what’s going on and will provide the information for us. But if money is a motivator, by all means, give us a call,” says Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura.
Authorities acknowledge the questions the public has, asking how a teen vanishes from one of the busiest spots in the county during the day. Investigators say that they hope media reports and plastering Moore’s photo over social media will help.
Anyone who may have information about the teen's location should contact the Essex County Sheriff's Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 877-TIPS-4EC or 973-266-5041.