Delray Beach missing teen Jade Beneby found in good condition in Miami-Dade County

Delray Beach police say a missing high school student was found in Miami-Dade County, is safe and described as in good condition.


Hialeah police say the Florida Department of Law Enforcement recovered Beneby at El Paraiso Motel, 1615 West Okeechobee Road in Hialeah.

"Thank you Jesus! Thank you Jesus!" Jade's mother Sandra Stewart said after learning she was OK.

"Oh, we're so grateful and I'm sure that her mother is as well," said Delray Beach Sgt. Nicole Guerriero. "Like I said earlier, she (Jade's mother) was so distraught so we're happy to let her know that Jade's safe and sound and, you know, we'll just conduct the investigation from there."

The Atlantic High School student disappeared on her way to a Delray Beach bus stop at Southwest 8th Avenue and SW 1st Street Tuesday morning.

Beneby, 17, left her home around 6:30 a.m. and told her mother via text at 7:05 a.m. that she needed help, according police.

At 7:06 a.m., Beneby texted her mother that she had been put into the trunk of a vehicle and that she did "all that she could do."

"And I just went to the police department and they never once gave me a hard time. They automatically just rushed me, took my phone, started going through my texts, and it was just a mob of officers came together as one. And just started working together," said Stewart.

Her father Charles Beneby said Jade lives with her mom 80 percent of the year, and he last saw her two weeks ago.

Investigators spent the day searching for her and talking to her friends, according to Sgt, Guerriero. There were no witnesses to the alleged abduction.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert shortly before 11 a.m.

Word that she was found was announced a short time before 3:30 p.m.

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