DELRAY BEACH (CBSMiami) – A missing Delray Beach teen, who disappeared after she left for school Tuesday morning, has been found safe in a Hialeah motel room, and police who had been investigating her disappearance are traveling to question her.
Delray Beach police spokeswoman Nicole Guerriero confirmed that 17-year old Jade Beneby was found alive and safe but released no further details, however, Hialeah police spokesperson Carl Zogby confirmed the teen was found in a room at the El Paraiso Motel in the 1600 block of West Okeechobee Road.
There was no immediate information about how she was discovered, or if anyone was with her when she was confirmed safe.
Jade’s mother, Sandra Stewart, said she wanted to thank God for returning her daughter, and the Delray police for their role.
“When I got text saying, ‘Help me mommy,’ all I knew was to call on Jesus,” Stewart said. “Everybody is so happy everything is all right. Thank God that they found her,” Jade’s cousin, Pat Glover, said.
A Florida Missing Child Alert had been issued for Beneby who was last seen around 6:30 a.m. as she left to walk to her Atlantic High School bus stop at SW 8th Avenue and 1st Street. That alert has been cancelled.
At 7:05, she sent a frightening text message to her mother asking for help. One minute later, she sent another text that stated “she had done all that she could” and she was in the trunk of a vehicle.
Her family spent the day at the police department where they hoped for the best.
“It’s hell not to hear, we don’t know,” said Jade’s father Charles Beneby. Jade was last seen wearing a long sleeve white shirt and blue jeans. She had a pink bag. Her father had a message for anyone who could be holding her.
“Just call the police department, call any of the family members. We’ll pick her up and just walk away from it. We just want to have her back,” said Beneby.