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Police: Missing 14-year-old from North Miami Beach may have been taken across multiple states by stranger

Mother of missing girl has been in communication with her

Police said the girl was playing a video game called Fire Max when she started chatting with a stranger who is believed to have picked her up and taken her as far as Philadelphia.

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Police in Miami-Dade County are searching for a missing endangered teenager.

According to detectives, 14-year-old Jeimy Henrriquez was last seen in the area of Northeast 14th Avenue and 182nd Street.

Police said the girl was playing a video game called Fire Max when she started chatting with a stranger who is believed to have picked her up and taken her as far as Philadelphia.

Henrriquez’s mother, Ana Quintanila, said the girl did leave a note and has called a few times saying she regrets leaving.

“She said, ‘Don’t tell police and this is no ones fault,’” Quintanila said.

Henrriquez is described as a white female, 5-foot-1 and 130 lbs.

According to North Miami Beach police, she was playing the game early Saturday morning when that stranger she was chatting with picked her up from her house.

Henrriquez took her black book bag and her cell phone with her, but her mother said she left her money behind.

Detectives said they later pinged that phone to determine her location, first tracing it back to an area in North Carolina before more recently tracking her in Philadelphia.

“I worry she could be in danger,” Quintanila said.

According to police, Henrriquez’s mother received a phone call from the teen at around 10 p.m. Saturday night in which the girl was crying, mentioning that she was far away and that she had not eaten.

At that point, she hung up the phone, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact North Miami Beach police at 305-949-2940 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.


About the Authors:

Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.

Bridgette Matter joined the Local 10 News team as a reporter in July 2021. Before moving to South Florida, she began her career in South Bend, Indiana and spent six years in Jacksonville as a reporter and weekend anchor.