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Malaya Johnson missing poster

Missing poster for Malaya Johnson

Police on Thursday issued an “Amber Alert” for a 12-year-old girl from Hudson Falls who has been missing since Wednesday afternoon and may have gotten into a vehicle with two men after school.

Malaya M. Johnson left Hudson Falls Middle School and was last seen in the village of Hudson Falls on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Police also had information that she may have gone to Rockland County or New York City.

Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy said sheriff’s investigators and Hudson Falls Police have been talking to her friends and relatives for much of Thursday, trying to figure out where she went.

Police believe she may have gotten into a newer model red, two-door Ford Mustang sedan with two men on Oak Street in Hudson Falls, around 3 p.m., the sheriff said. Police termed the case a “possible child abduction.”

“We are trying to figure out who these two individuals may be,” sheriff said. “We don’t know what the circumstances are or whether she is familiar with these people.”

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He said there were no indications that Johnson had been harmed or taken against her will, but the circumstances were suspicious. The girl’s cellphone was “pinged” by its service provider Wednesday night after she was reported missing, and it was located near Sloatsburg, Rockland County, officials said.

The sheriff said Johnson’s case did not initially meet the criteria for an “Amber Alert,” which results in a nationwide notification to try to aid in recovery of a missing child. But as hours passed Thursday with no concrete information as to her whereabouts, and police having received a report that she may have gotten into a vehicle, the alert system was activated.

She was described as a black female, about 5 feet tall with brown hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing light red jeans, a white tank top and a light-colored backpack with a design on it.

Anyone with information as to her whereabouts was asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 518-747-4623.

Malaya is a student at Hudson Falls Middle School and the school district posted a message on its website about the situation Thursday afternoon.

“The members of the Hudson Falls Central School District community are united in deep concern for our missing student,” the statement reads. “Our thoughts are with Malaya’s family at this time and we are hopeful for her safe return.”

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reporter - crimes & courts, public safety and Warren County government

Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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