Essex teen missing since September found safe in New Jersey

    Brooklynn Mackenzie Hays was located and safely reunited with her family (Baltimore County Police)

    BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Baltimore County Police say missing Essex teen Brooklynn Mackenzie Hays has been found and safely reunited with her family.

    Baltimore County Police passed on information to the Newark Police Department and she was located at the Newark Penn Station train terminal.

    Hays was reported missing on September 30 and her family believed she could have been lured away by a man online.

    Her family released the following statement through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:

    “We would like to thank the community, law enforcement and the media for their overwhelming support as we searched for Brooklynn over the last five weeks. We never imagined she would be gone that long. She is now safe with her family. We ask for privacy as we move forward and heal as a family.”

    No additional details were given by police.

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