Es­sex teen miss­ing for over a month

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

The friends and fam­ily of Brook­lynn Hays of Es­sex are still look­ing for an­swers in the 16-year-old East­ern Tech­ni­cal High School stu­dent’s dis­ap­pear­ance a month ago.

Brook­lynn went miss­ing af­ter leav­ing her house in Hyde Park on the evening of Septem­ber 30. The last known in­for­ma­tion about her where­abouts was a con­firmed sight­ing in Val­ley Stream, NY in the early morn­ing hours of Oc­to­ber 4.

“Our fam­ily is dev­as­tated and ter­ri­bly wor­ried that Brook­lynn is the vic­tim of in­ter­net lur­ing, as she was in con­ver­sa­tions on­line with adult male strangers prior to van­ish­ing from her home,” said Con­nie Hays Mat­sumoto, Brook­lynn’s aunt.

Since Brook­lynn’s dis­ap­pear­ance, the mem­bers of the Es­sex com­mu­nity have been plas­ter­ing miss­ing signs all across Bal­ti­more and to New York. A prayer vigil and fundraiser was held in Oc­to­ber. A Face­book page ti­tled “Bring Brook­lynn Home” has amassed over 3,000 mem­bers. Brook­lynn was even featured on A&E’s Live PD TV show which fea­tures miss­ing peo­ple cases.

On Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29, East­ern Tech stu­dents and oth­ers who knew Brook­lynn were en­cour­aged to wear yel­low, her fa­vorite color, in or­der to raise aware­ness about Brook­lynn’s case, en­cour­age aany­one who might know some­thing to speak up, and to show love and sup­port for Brook­lynn and her fam­ily.

“There are mul­ti­ple law en­force­ment agen­cies in­volved. [The] Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Depart­ment has the lead. As­sist­ing them is NYPD Miss­ing Per­sons’ Bureau and the Nas­sau County, NY PD,” Con­nie told the Av­enue News about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Other or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Guardian An­gels and the Na­tional Cen­ter for Miss­ing and Ex­ploited Chil­dren have also aided in the search.

“How I wish we had new in­for­ma­tion. It is so fright­en­ing to have heard noth­ing of her where­abouts or safety since Oc­to­ber 4,” said Con­nie.

Hays is a Cau­casian fe­male with brown eyes and brown hair, al­though there have been re­ports that she has dyed her hair a red or bur­gundy color. She is ap­prox­i­mately 5’3” and 111 pounds. She was last seen in a white shirt, dark sweat­pants and flip-flops.

Any­body with in­for­ma­tion on Brook­lynn Hays is asked to call 911 im­me­di­ately or the Na­tional Cen­ter for Miss­ing & Ex­ploited Chil­dren at 1-800-THE-LOST.

A miss­ing poster from the Na­tional Cen­ter for Miss­ing and Ex­ploited Chil­dren.

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