Teen Girl Who Went Missing On Way to Delray Beach School Bus Stop Found in Hialeah

17-year-old girl texted mother she was in trunk of car: Police

By Steve Litz and Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012  |  Updated 9:20 AM EDT
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A Delray Beach teen who went missing on her way to a school bus stop was found at a motel in Hialeah on Tuesday. Jade Beneby, 17, was found at the El Paraiso Motel at 1615 west Okeechobee Road, police said. Delray Beach Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Guerriero and the girl's mother, Sandra Stewart, discuss the incident.

A Delray Beach teen who went missing on her way to a school bus stop was found at a motel in Hialeah on Tuesday. Jade Beneby, 17, was found at the El Paraiso Motel at 1615 west Okeechobee Road, police said. Delray Beach Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Guerriero and the girl's mother, Sandra Stewart, discuss the incident.

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Missing Teen Found in Hialeah

Jade Beneby, 17, was found at the El Paraiso Motel at 1615 West Okeechobee Road, police said. She had left her home around 6:30 a.m. and was walking to the bus stop four blocks away at Southwest 8th Avenue and Southwest 1st Street when she may have been abducted, Delray Beach Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said.

Missing Delray Teen Found in Hialeah

Raw video of the El Paraiso motel in Hialeah where police say Jade Beneby was found. She went missing on her way to a school bus stop.
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A Delray Beach teen who went missing on her way to a school bus stop was found at a motel in Hialeah on Tuesday.

Jade Beneby, 17, was found at the El Paraiso Motel at 1615 west Okeechobee Road, police said.

She had left her home around 6:30 a.m. and was walking to the bus stop four blocks away at Southwest 8th Avenue and Southwest 1st Street when she may have been abducted, Delray Beach Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said.

Beneby never made it to the bus stop, and shortly after 7 a.m., she sent her mother a text message asking for help, Guerriero said.

Minutes later, she sent another text saying she'd "done all that she could and stating that she was in the trunk of a vehicle," Guerriero said.

"When I read those text messages, my heart dropped to my feet. And I said, OK, OK, I gotta get me to the police department," her mother, Sandra Stewart, said Tuesday night.

She said her main concern was that Beneby was alive.

Meantime, as many questions about the incident remained unanswered, police Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said "the evidence that we have is to show that it was an abduction."

"And I think it's kind of human nature to speculate and ask why didn't she do this and why didn't she do that?" she said. "We don't know the situation."

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