Missing 14-year-old Florida girl found safe after meeting man online

Girl met man through a video game called ‘Fire Max’

Missing 14-year-old Jeimy Henrriquez was found by North Miami Beach police.

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Nearly two days after she first went missing, 14-year-old Jeimy Henrriquez was found by North Miami Beach police on Sunday after leaving her home with someone she met online, WPLG-TV reported.

Detectives say she met the man on Saturday through a video game called “Fire Max.”

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During a news conference Monday morning, North Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Rand said the man was more than 10 years older than the victim.

He said the teen was located in another state and is now in the custody of the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Two detectives from North Miami Beach are traveling to the state where the girl was found and she will be brought back home.

Rand said the suspect, whose identity has not been released, traveled to South Florida to pick up the teen and took her to another state.

Before she was found, Henrriquez’s mother told WPLG-TV that her daughter called her several times and was crying.

“She said, ‘Don’t tell police,’ and ‘This is no one’s fault,’” Ana Quintanilla said. “She regrets leaving.”

Police pinged Henrriquez’s cellphone and located it in North Carolina, but Rand did not confirm whether she was found in that state or another state.

According to the police chief, there were discrepancies regarding the teen’s movements, and he did not want to jeopardize the FBI’s investigation by confirming which state the teen was found in.

Henrriquez’s mother said her daughter also called her on Saturday, saying she was hungry, cold and far away.

On Sunday, her mother said she was in fear for her daughter’s safety.

“I worry she could be in danger,” Quintanilla said.

Rand confirmed that the teen was hungry and cold when she was found by authorities and said they immediately addressed those issues and made sure she had a safe place to stay until she could be reunited with her family.

He said subpoenas have been issued for the game in which she was communicating with the suspect, as well as other social media sites.


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Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.