Two men have been taken into custody for their possible connection to a missing 12-year-old girl.
As WLNY reports, officers have been on the hunt for 12-year-old Malaya Johnson since she went missing around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26.
Johnson was last seen near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, authorities say.
According to police, a red two-door Ford Mustang was found near the ferry terminal that they believe Johnson had been riding in.
The two men were apprehended near the car and taken into custody.
According to the Washington County sheriff’s office,19-year-old George Torres has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
On Thursday, an Amber Alert was activated in an effort to find the young girl.
Johnson is described as weighing 115 pounds and standing at about five feet tall. She has long brown hair and brown eyes.
She is reported to have last been seen in light red jeans, a white tank top, and a light-colored backpack.
According to the sheriff’s office, they believed Johnson may have been in danger, telling WLNY they had reason to believe she was taken “under circumstances that lead police to believe that she is in imminent danger of serious physical injury or death.”
However, in a recent update, authorities no longer believe Johnson is in danger after she reached out to her family.
According to WLNY, the 12-year-old made contact with family members saying that she was safe but “not coming home”:
Johnson and Torres reportedly met online. She allegedly told Torres that she was 18 years old:
“We know that she does have individuals that she’s in contact with right in the New York City area. There was an individual that she had met up with. That person was taken into custody yesterday. But at this point, the 12-year-old has not been located. There has been no explicit, at this point, danger. But of course, we’d like to get her safely home as quickly as possible.”
It is unclear if the authorities will continue searching for Johnson. They have asked the public to report any information they may have that could lead to her whereabouts.