Union City police reveal details on missing girl case

13-year-old Jeila “Jayla” Cintron was seen at home last week before being reported missing

Union City police are investigating the disappearance of 13-year old Jeila "Jayla" Cintron. Photo via Union City Police Department.
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Union City police are investigating the disappearance of 13-year old Jeila "Jayla" Cintron. Photo via Union City Police Department.

Union City police have revealed details and are asking for help in their investigation on 13-year-old Jeila “Jayla” Cintron, who went missing last week.

Jeila was last seen with her grandmother, with whom shes live in Union City, on Nov. 10 at around 11:30 a.m. Her grandmother reported her missing the following day.

Jeila is known to frequent Jersey City and the Bronx in New York City, according to Union City Chief of Police Nichelle Luster. Luster said that there were two prior incidents where she left home voluntarily in the company of friends, and returned home safely both times. She was not in distress either time, and does not have any known medical conditions.

Luster revealed that a detective, who had a past relationship with Jeila, was in contact with her over the phone today. Jeila seemed to be in good spirits and denied being in distress or needing assistance. Luster also said that it sounded like Jeila was in the company of another female juvenile, but their location had not been revealed.

The Union City Police Department is working with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, as well as the neighboring Jersey City Police Department in ensuring that she returns home safely.

Police have also been in contact with Jeila’s family and friends, and have asked her friends to encourage Jeila to contact the police and disclose her whereabouts so that she can return home safely.

Anyone with details about the case can contact the Union City Police Department at 201-865-1111 or 201-348-5800.

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