Brooklyn mother Toquanna Baker is desperate for her daughter Tijae Baker, who has been missing since May 1

NEW YORK – A family desperately searches for answers to the disappearance of a young woman from Brooklyn who has not been seen in over a month.

The mother of Tijae Baker, 23, says her daughter disappeared after accepting an online job offer and traveling to another state.

Since then, her mother has been looking for her.

“My baby is out there, traumatized and scared,” Toquanna Baker told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge.

Toquanna Baker has not seen her daughter since May 1. She says Tijae Baker took a bus from Wortman Avenue, where she lives, to Washington, DC for a weekend of art work.

“She just started a pop-up shop, a pop-up art shop. She’s very humble. She’s the sweetest person,” Toquanna Baker said.

She says Tijae is an art major in college. His creations are published on his Instagram page.

Toquanna Baker says Tijae was asked to travel to Washington to design posters for a woman she met online, but after getting on the bus she said her daughter had fallen silent and her phone had stopped ringing.

“Somebody luring my daughter to another state. I have to deal with this, and it’s going to affect my daughter’s life forever,” Toquanna Baker said.

She filed a complaint with the police. Crime Stoppers issued a request for information, describing Tijae as 5’7″, 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Tijae’s mother also decided to create her own posters, which she put up all over the city as well as in the Washington area.

“I walk through abandoned buildings, I walk through alleys,” Toquanna Baker said.

She says she was looking for her daughter herself and obtained surveillance video which she says shows Tijae pacing around a nail salon in Maryland, but when she arrived she was gone.

“We want someone to look at those cameras and find out where she went,” council member Darlene Mealy said.

Tijae’s story has caught the attention of local council members, who say they want to improve the handling of missing persons cases.

“On the missing persons bill, they don’t register black people as quickly as white people, so when a white person goes missing, the whole world stops. When black people go missing, ‘Oh, she’ll call back. Or she might party.'”

Toquanna Baker says her daughter was in good physical and mental condition and calls and texts her every day and has never disappeared before.

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