Essex girl, missing since September, found in New Jersey

More than a month after she went missing, a 16-year-old Essex girl has been found and reunited with her family, according to Baltimore County police.

Brooklynn Mackenzie Hays was found at the Newark Penn Station train terminal in Newark, N.J., according to police.

She went missing Sept. 30; she had last been seen leaving her home in the 1500 block of Galena Road in Essex after a fight with her parents, her aunt Connie Matsumoto told The Baltimore Sun in October.

The Newark Police Department found Hays at the train station after receiving information from the Baltimore County Police Department.

Matsumoto said in a statement on behalf of the family, “We would like to thank the community, law enforcement and the media for their overwhelming support as we searched for Brooklyn 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.”

Baltimore Sun reporter Lillian Reed contributed to this article.

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