Abducted girl believed to be heading to NYC

An Amber Alert was issued for a missing upstate preteen who might be headed for New York City, authorities said.

Malaya M. Johnson, 12, was last seen Wednesday afternoon near Oak Street Village in Hudson Falls, Washington County.

Police believe she is in danger, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a post on Facebook.

“Please help me find my daughter. Her name is malaya johnson. She is 12 yrs old,” wrote Jay Johnson, who identified himself on his Facebook page as Malaya’s father. He included a picture of himself and his girl.

The girl was wearing a black sweatshirt with pink lettering, blue jeans and a light-colored backpack when she went missing. She is believed to have gotten into a red Ford Mustang with two Hispanic men, the sheriff’s office said.

Johnson “was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that she is in danger of serious physical harm or death,” according to the Amber Alert that was issued Thursday. Those circumstances were not immediately clear.

Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy told the Glens Falls Post-Star that Johnson’s cellphone was pinged Wednesday night and was located near Sloatsburg in Rockland County.

Investigators identified the case as a “possible child abduction” and the circumstances were suspicious, police told the local news site.

“We are trying to figure out who these two individuals may be,” Murphy said. “We don’t know what the circumstances are or whether she is familiar with these people.”

Johnson is described as 5 feet tall and approximately 115 pounds, and authorities believe she could be traveling to the New York City or Rockland County area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (518) 747-4623.

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