Authorities in Hudson Falls, New York, say a 12-year-old girl who disappeared earlier this week is believed to have left the area, possibly en route to New York City.
According to the New York Post, Washington County investigators believe Malaya M. Johnson entered a vehicle occupied by two Hispanic men on Wednesday afternoon near Oak Street Village. That was the time and place she was last seen, according to reports.
She is believed to have gotten into a Ford Mustang and police say they have reason to believe she is heading either to New York City or Rockland County.
The sheriff’s office posted a social media advisory announcing the Amber Alert and indicating that Johnson is believed to be in danger.
Authorities say she “was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that she is in danger of serious physical harm or death.”
The sheriff’s office statement described the missing girl as standing 5 feet tall and weighing about 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans and a backpack.
The girl’s cellphone registered a signal Wednesday night in an area near Sloatsburg, according to Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy.
“We are trying to figure out who these two individuals may be,” the sheriff said of the two men with whom she is believed to have left the area. “We don’t know what the circumstances are or whether she is familiar with these people.”
The sheriff’s office asked anyone with information related to her disappearance to contact authorities by calling 518-747-4623.
[Featured image: Malaya Johnson, New York State Police]