MIAMI, FLORIDA – Police in Miami, Fla., are investigating the disappearance of Genesee County native Alexis Say, who was last seen waiting in the lobby of North Shore Medical Center near North Miami on Jan. 23.
Say’s mother, Jennifer, said the Human Trafficking Task Force, which was launched by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office in 2012, has been in touch with her about her daughter’s disappearance. A spokesperson for the state attorney’s office confirmed it has been in contact with the family but could not comment any further.
Multiple detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department’s missing persons unit have also been assigned to the case, according to Jennifer Say.
“We’re trying not to fear the worst,” Say said, “but all the help we can get would be great.”
The Say family lived in Pembroke until 2006 before moving to Atlanta. Jennifer Say recently moved back to Western New York, but her daughter has been living in Miami.
Last week, Jennifer Say traveled to Miami to search for her 22-year-old daughter, who is in poor health. Jennifer Say remains in South Florida and spoke to 2 On Your Side via Skype, urging anyone with information to contact police or her family. That contact information can be found on a Facebook Page and website devoted to finding Alexis Say.
Alexis Say, who had been in a rehab program in Miami, went to the emergency room at North Shore Medical Center after suffering from a seizure. The hospital discharged her on Jan. 23, and she had been waiting in the lobby for someone from the rehab program to pick up her up, according to her mother.
But that’s the last time she was spotted in public.
“Alexis has no ID, no cell phone– all she left with was the clothes on her back. Someone out there has to know something,” Jennifer Say said. “At this point, we’re not sure exactly what area she’s in. We believed it to be Miami, but we’re told if this is part of human trafficking, she could be anywhere in the country at this time.”
Say has received numerous tips about her daughter’s disappearance, but the family is still waiting for a breakthrough.
“I get calls, but they really haven’t led us anywhere. It’s people with good information, but it’s all old information that doesn’t really send us in any good direction,” Jennifer Say said. “Keep an eye out for her. You’re the only chance I have to find her and get her back. It just takes one good person in the right place at the right time.”
The mother of Alexis Say — the Pembroke native last seen in the waiting room of a Miami hospital Jan. 23 — said Friday that Florida’s Attorney General’s Office and the state’s Human Trafficking Task Force have contacted her about the disappearance.
Jennifer Say, who with her daughter lived in Atlanta and Pittsburgh before she returned to Genesee County, said she expects to hear this afternoon what the status of the investigation is.
In the meantime, she is desperately seeking for more people to look for Alexis, 22, not just locally or in the area around the North Shore Hospital, where Alexis was to be discharged from treatment for a seizure. She had been awaiting a ride to another medical facility when she was last seen.
“Even if it could be on the national news for 30 seconds, that’s 30 seconds (we need),” she said. “If it is indeed human trafficking, they told me she would not be in Miami (any longer).”
Say’s campaign to spread awareness of her daughter’s disappearance is an echo of the one Alexis’ grandmother, the late Peggy Say, carried out for seven years. Peggy, the sister of journalist and Batavia native Terry Anderson, was a driving force in keeping her brother’s status as a hostage of militiamen in Lebanon.
Alexis was described as five feet, two inches tall and about 100 pounds, with a tattoo of a feather on the inside of her right arm. She’s caucasian with brown eyes, and very long brown hair.
Say is the granddaughter of Peggy
She had entered rehab to overcome an addiction to heroin and has serious health issues including kidney disease, a heart problem and high blood pressure.
“She was in the lobby waiting for a ride, and somebody was seen talking to her, that’s the last time she has been seen … there was nothing with her, no I.D. or cell phone, and if she was free to move about, she could find things to sell,” Say said.
Granddaughter of Peggy Say missing in Miami.