A WOMAN who disappeared online days after accepting a new job offer is said to have made a cryptic phone call a month after her mysterious disappearance, asking to be rescued.
TiJae Baker, 23, disappeared last month after traveling from New York to Washington DC to create artwork for a woman she met online, her family says.
Mom Toquanna Baker told ABC 7 News that the budding artist took a bus to DC on May 1.
But the family received nothing from the young woman after she arrived in the capital until a shocking phone call a few days ago, she claims.
Tijae reportedly called from a nail salon in Maryland on June 1, silently asking for someone to rescue her.
“She said just tell her mom to come and get her — now,” Roxanne Baker, TiJae’s grandmother, told ABC 7 New York.
However, when the family went to Maryland, TiJae was no longer there, they said.
Toquanna shared surveillance footage from the salon that reportedly shows her daughter walking around and talking on the phone.
The mother also claimed she tracked down the woman who offered her daughter the job and fears her daughter had joined a cult involuntarily.
“For someone who will lure my daughter into another state. I have to deal with this and it will forever affect my daughter’s life,” Toquana told CBS News.
The mother said her daughter usually talks to her every day, but after she went to DC, the constant communication between the two stopped.
TiJae’s phone also stopped ringing.
Toquana has since filed a police report for her missing daughter.
The young woman was described as 5’7″, 130 pounds, black woman with black hair and brown eyes.
The family have also put up posters around the Washington DC area and beyond calling for their daughter’s safe return.
Community council members who have lobbied for changes in how missing persons cases are handled have been briefed on TiJae’s story.
“On the missing persons bill, they don’t register black people as quickly as white people. So when a white person goes missing, the whole world stops,” council member Darlene Mealy told CBS News.
“When black people go missing, it’s like, ‘Oh, she’ll call back or maybe she’ll celebrate.”
That criticism compared the reporting to Gabby Petito, a white woman who went missing and was later found murdered by her boyfriend last year.
“We are demanding justice to ensure Ms. Baker comes home,” council member Darlene Mealy also told ABC 7.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5518454/missing-mystery-person-tijae-baker/ Mystery when a 23-year-old woman makes a cryptic call for rescue a month after finding a new job online and disappearing