A college student from New York City boarded a bus to Washington, D.C. on May 1 and hasn’t been heard from since, aside from a cryptic phone plea for assistance.
Her family is frantic to find her now, more than a month later.
TiJae Baker, a 23-year-old artist, and art student, had traveled to Washington, D.C. to create posters for a woman she met online, according to WABC-TV in New York City.
She was due to arrive at Union Station in Washington, D.C., but she never contacted her mother, with whom she resides, or any other family members.
Toquanna Baker, her mother, told WCBS-TV in New York, “My baby is out there, terrified and scared.”
Her mother claims that her daughter calls and texts her every day, regardless of whether she is at home or not.
Roxanne Baker, TiJae’s grandmother, said TiJae implored in a whispered phone call from a Maryland nail salon on June 1 for “my mother to come to get her — now.”
Toquanna Baker also claimed that the family had obtained surveillance video of the salon, which supposedly showed the college student pacing around inside.
However, by the time the family arrived, she had vanished again.
On Monday, her family attended a demonstration to bring attention to her missing.
Toquanna said she reported her disappearance to the police on May 2, but she believes it isn’t being given the attention it deserves. Her mother is putting up missing posters in New York and Washington, D.C., after the family filed more reports.
She was last seen in Union Station, according to WNBC-TV, aside from the salon footage.
Toquanna Baker told WABC that she fears her daughter is being trafficked.
“I haven’t slept at all,” she told the station. “It’s been over a month. I just want my child to return.”
“After this rally, I’m going back out there. I’m going to find my daughter,” Toquanna Baker said.