Essex teen missing for over a month
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.