Missing Delray Beach teen found in Hialeah

Teen sent text to mother from trunk of car

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - A missing Delray Beach teenager who disappeared Tuesday morning has been found in Hialeah.

According the police, Jade Beneby, 17, left for her bus stop at Southwest Eighth Avenue and Southwest First Street at about 6:30 a.m.

At 7:05 a.m., Beneby sent a text message to her mother saying she needed help.

"The text message that I saw this morning, where she said, 'Mom,' she said, 'Help me. I'm in trouble,'" said Ruth Willis, Beneby's grandmother.

A minute later, she sent another text saying she did all she could but that she was in the trunk of a car.

Guerriero said investigators had spoken with people from the neighborhood, including friends and students who might have been at that bus stop Tuesday morning.

Family members described Beneby as a well-mannered girl who likes school and running track and said they do not believe she left on her own.

"I know she did not go willing. She had to fight to her last minute. Jade is a fighter. She's a strong girl," said Beneby's mother, Sandra Stewart.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Hialeah police recovered Beneby at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the El Paraiso hotel at 1615 Okeechobee Road.

It is unclear how Beneby ended up at the hotel.

Investigators appeared to focus on one room inside the hotel. A tow truck hauled away a silver Mercedes from the room's private garage.

Staff members at the hotel said they had not seen Beneby.

"Sorry. I don't know nothing about that case," said a woman at the front desk.

Delray Beach police said they want to interview Beneby before they can determine whether she was abducted.

Beneby's mother thanked police for their efforts to track down her daughter and said she can't wait until they bring her home.

"I'm going to hug my child. I'm going to thank God for my child. My job is to show her love, that no matter how it worked out, if you don't find fault and flaws, (it) is not time for that. It's to show love and let her know we love you," said Stewart.

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