DELRAY BEACH (CBSMiami) – Investigators are still trying to sort out the details of Delray Beach teen who disappeared on her way to school only to be found hours later at a Hialeah motel.
Late Wednesday, police confirmed to CBS4 News that there is a link between the suspect and Jade Beneby, 17, but they did not elaborate. They said the incident is still being investigated as an abduction.
Tuesday afternoon Sandra Willis, the mother Beneby, rejoiced when she heard that her daughter had been found alive and unharmed at the El Paraiso Motel in the 1600 block of West Okeechobee Road.
“It’s not my job to question when God has given me my child back in good health and strength. All I can do is say ‘Thank you Jesus’ and be thankful,” said Willis.
Willis and other family members spent much of the day at the Delray Beach police department waiting for the latest developments. Willis said Tuesday morning started off just like any other day of the week. Her daughter left home just before 6:30 a.m. to walk to her Atlantic High School bus stop at SW 8th Avenue and 1st Street.
At 7:05, she sent a frightening text message to her mother asking for help.
“Mommy, help me please, mommy help me. I’ve done all I can.”
One minute later, she sent another text that made Willis’ blood run cold.
“As I was driving to the police department I received another text and it said ‘Mommy, I’m in the back of the car, a silver car, in the trunk, help me’,” said Willis.
A Florida Missing Child Alert was issued as police talked with family and the teen’s friends to figure out what may have happened.
Mid-afternoon police confirmed that Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents found Beneby at the motel but released no further details as to what led them to that location.
“Everybody is so happy everything is all right. Thank God that they found her,” Jade’s cousin, Pat Glover, said.
Police have not said if Beneby was with anyone or if arrests have been made in the case. A silver Mercedes was hauled away from the hotel by police who said Tuesday evening they were still continuing to investigate the case as a possible abduction.