Lacking Brooklyn girl: The 23-year-old’s household are in search of solutions after she disappeared in Washington DC
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (WABC) — A family is searching for answers after a young Brooklyn woman went missing after taking a bus to Washington DC to make posters for someone she met online.
TiJae Baker, a budding artist, was in her senior year of college.
The 23-year-old lived at home with her mother and is now missing.
“After this rally, I’m going out again. I will find my daughter,” said mother Toquanna Baker.
The nightmare began on May 1st. TiJae took the bus to Washington DC, ostensibly to make some posters for a woman she met online. Then came the nightmare of silence.
“Where is my daughter? She got off at Union Station DC,” Toquana Baker said.
The distraught family filed numerous police reports but complained that the first police flyer put their missing person on a wanted poster.
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Eventually, the mother found some leads and obtained surveillance video, which she shared with Eyewitness News reporter Lucy Yang.
Eyewitness News was told that on June 1, TiJae called from a phone at a salon and asked in a whispered and terrified voice to be rescued.
“She said just tell her mum to come and get her — now,” said grandmother Roxanne Baker.
When they raced to Maryland, TiJae was gone.
The mother tells Lucy Yang that she tracked down the woman who originally asked her daughter to come to DC. She worries that her only child may have fallen into some kind of cult.
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“We believe more needs to be done,” Councilor Charles Barron said.
“We are demanding justice to ensure Mrs Baker comes home,” Councilor Darlene Mealy said.
TiJae Baker’s mom said she didn’t sleep at all.
“It’s been over a month,” she said. “I just want my kid to come back.”
It’s a mother’s desperate cry.
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