The Story: When 16-year- old Jholie Moussa left her home on the afternoon of Friday, January 12, 2018, her parting words to her sister were, “I’ll be right back.” Unfortunately, Jholie never came back. Police were notified, but because the home security system showed her walking away on her own, the police did not see urgency in her sudden disappearance and labeled her a runaway.
The Search: More than 50,000 people put their own lives on hold to give their time and commitment to finding Jholie. Less than a week after she was reported missing, public and media pressure led to the FBI getting involved, all while the police continued to call her a runaway. During this time, an unprecedented relationship developed among the national community and Jholie’s family. One common goal quickly surfaced: #FindJholie. Two weeks later, on Friday, January 26, 2018, Jholie’s lifeless body was found, less than one mile from her home, in a park, hidden under fallen leaves and bushes.
We’ll Always Wonder: If the police had taken Jholie’s disappearance a little bit more urgently in the beginning and had issued an AMBER Alert, could she have been found alive? This is a question no family should ever have to ask themselves.