NEW: Mother of missing MHS student speaks out

Nicole Mejia, whose daughter Janeiry Nicole Torres disappeared with another Marblehead High School student Wednesday morning, is asking families here in town to spread the word about the girls’ disappearance.

“The more people who know, the better,” Mejia told the Marblehead Current Thursday afternoon.

Torres, 14, and  Zaira Randall, 15, are ninth-grade METCO students at MHS. They took the METCO bus to Marblehead Wednesday morning, but never entered the school. Instead, they boarded an MBTA bus back to Government Center, according to Marblehead Police Chief Dennis King. Marblehead police are working closely with Boston police to search for the girls. More on the search HERE.

“I have no idea where she is,” Mejia said about her daughter. “I took away her devices on Sunday, but this is not the first time that she’s been punished. She’s never done something like this. This is not her at all.”

Mejia, who has her daughter’s phone, says Torres’ cash app shows that someone withdrew money from her account Thursday at a CVS in Cambridge. Mejia went to several CVS stores in Cambridge.

“No one had seen the girls,” she said.

Mejia then went to the Cambridge police station to ask for help.

Mejia is frantically worried about where her daughter is, and where she has spent the last two days.

“That’s the worst part,” she said. “I’ve called everyone that I could possibly think of. She only has three friends. Sleepovers aren’t allowed. It’s just mind-blowing that she hasn’t contacted anybody.”

Anyone who has information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact the Boston Police Department at 617-343-4275 or the Marblehead Police Department at 781-631-1212.

This is a developing story. Stay with the Marblehead Current for new details.

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Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter. She also works as a PR specialist.

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