Update: Malika James is now home safe.
Update:Tuesday evening, Pembroke Pines Police released three photos of Malika James at a Chase bank in Winter Haven, Florida, from Monday, December 8, at 7:41 a.m. She appears to be alone in her car, heading north, and in healthy condition. Where she's going and why remain a mystery; police provided no further details.
Malika James, 28, a regular face on the Miami nightlife scene, has officially been missing for about 38 hours. James' father, Leonard, filed a missing person report with the Pembroke Pines Police Department.
An extensive social media effort has been made to track her down. Anyone with information is asked to contact police and James' father directly as soon as possible.
According to Mr. James, Malika returned home Saturday around 9 a.m. to let a family friend into their shared residence for home repairs. She was reportedly upset that someone had hit her car and left a dent in the passenger-side door. The family friend saw her and entered the house but emerged later to talk to her and found she had left.
Malika left her phone at home, but her car, a blue Ford Fiesta with the license plate ALJV28, was gone. Note the car has a dent in the passenger-side door.
She was reportedly seen by friends Saturday afternoon at Wood Tavern and left around 5 p.m. to work at Basel Castle down the street. She never appeared for work. According to a Facebook group update, Malika was last seen at the Corner in downtown Miami between 3 and 6 a.m. Sunday, December 7.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pembroke Pines Police Department at 954-438-4357. Malika's father would also like to be contacted with any news, good or bad, at 305-761-9713.
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