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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Pembroke Pines father is pleading for information on his missing daughter.

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28-year-old Malika James was last seen early Saturday and police are now on the case.

“It’s tough,” said Leonard James from the Pembroke Pines home he shares with his daughter. “I didn’t sleep last night. I tossed and turned all night. Probably won’t be able to see tonight worrying.”

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She was last seen at the Corner Bar and Restaurant near downtown Miami in the early morning hours of Saturday.

Since Saturday, Leonard James has been alternating between quiet optimism and excruciating worry. He first realized his daughter was missing when she didn’t show up to one of her part time jobs on Saturday.

James got a call from her boss at Castle Night Club.

“He said, ‘Well that’s not normal for her,’” said James. “She’s been working for him for about four years. She’s always reliable. He can count on her.”

Malika works a second job at Corner Bakery in Pembroke Pines, and she’s missed work there, too, says her dad.

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The 28-year-old left her cell phone at home, So calling her is not an option. She is believed to be in her car, a blue 2014 Ford Fiesta, with damage to the driver’s door due to a recent fender-bender.

No one in her family has heard from her. Meanwhile, James is turning every stone to find his only child.

“She is an adult, but it’s tough. She my only daughter. She’s my baby.”

Malika’s father says she doesn’t have a boyfriend, but he has been in contact with her friends. A detective with Pembroke Pines police has been assigned to this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pembroke Pines Police.


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