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NYPD searches for missing Bronx teenager

New York City police are searching for a 16-year-old Bronx girl who has been missing since Monday.

Jessica Hernandez was last seen on her way to school, New York Police Department Det. Marc Nell told FoxNews.com on Friday.

She's a parishoner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Bronx, where she attends religious education classes every week, the Rev. Jonathan Morris told FoxNews.com.

"Her parents are completely distraught," said Morris, who also is a Fox News contributor. "Right now, there are no leads."

Morris said a prayer vigil is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the church.

Sister Edna Loquias said the congregation was struggling with the disappearance and that Hernandez is "a good kid."

"People are so sad about this," she told FoxNews.com. "This is something no one would want to happen to anybody."

Nell said Hernandez, who is 5-feet-tall and weighs 180 pounds, has a light complexion, brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a gray skirt, black Nike sneakers and a black blouse with green stripes. She was carrying a blue backpack at the time.

Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, texting to 274637 and entering TIP577 or by visiting NYPDcrimestoppers.com. All information is kept strictly confidential.

FoxNews.com's Karl de Vries contributed to this report.