JERSEY CITY, NJ – Since her 13-year-old daughter vanished Monday, a New Jersey mother says she has been getting text messages from the girl saying that someone followed her and that she woke up in a dark basement.
"Help. I'm scared. I don't know where I am," one of the text messages that her daughter sent her mother said, Stella Browne told The Jersey Journal of Jersey City for Wednesday's newspapers.
The message went on to say: "Someone was following me and I just don't remember what happened. I just woke up in a basement. I'm scared."
Jersey City police have classified the girl's disappearance as suspicious. They planned to hold a 3 p.m. news conference to discuss their investigation.
The girl went missing Monday morning after leaving home for school. Her mother said she's only received text messages from her daughter, and that she has not called nor is she answering her cell phone.
"At this point, because of the circumstances surrounding this case, we are strongly and actively pursuing all means to find this young lady," said police Lt. Joseph Connors.
The girl's name is being withheld.