The Schenectady County District Attorney is now involved in the police investigation into 14-year-old Samantha Humphrey, who has not been seen since November 25.
Ever since she disappeared from Riverside Park, it’s been a torment for the family and an ongoing mystery for the police.
The police take this case very seriously and invest a lot of resources in it.
NewsChannel 13 asked Schenectady County District Attorney Bob Carney if it was unusual for his office to get involved in a missing person case. He said it’s not.
One of the reasons is that his office has subpoena powers. The police department doesn’t. He didn’t want to go into detail about that. However, it could indicate that detectives are beginning to move from a missing person investigation to a criminal investigation. According to Samantha’s mother, Jaclyn Humphrey, her daughter came to Riverside Park late Friday night to meet up with an old friend. She says the two were involved in a physical altercation.
A week later, Humphrey says she has every reason to be concerned.
“Maybe something bad happened to her. She doesn’t have a phone with her. She’s obsessed with her phone,” Humprey said. “That’s her main thing, as a lot of teenagers are doing now. As if she couldn’t be away from her phone and let someone know. I don’t know where she would have gone without money. No way to get money when she left. There were no arguments here. She was happy.”
Humphrey also confirmed Thursday that a jacket found near the river belonged to her daughter.
Meanwhile, another Schenectady girl, Hajile Howard, also disappeared about three weeks ago. The two girls were close friends. Police say they have found no evidence to suggest their disappearances are linked. They also say that while she is missing, Hajile has been in contact with other people and they do not believe she is in any danger.
BREAKING NEWS – Sources tell me Schenectady police have been in contact with people who have been in contact with 14-year-old Hajile Howard and “they are confident she is fine”. pic.twitter.com/V3arLaCt1b
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