Photo: Missing From Newarh, New Jersey Since July 19, 2012 Please Help Find Brittany Michelle Navarro</p>
<p>A Jersey City family is pleading for the safe return of their 14-year-old daughter who went missing in Branch Brook Park in Newark late Thursday night.</p>
<p>Brittany Michelle Navarro was last seen at the bridge in the park with three fellow housemates of a YCS residential group home in Newark. She was reportedly wearing a pink dress and navy blue leggings and sneakers. According to Victor Navarro, Brittany's father, she was last spotted at 11:45 p.m. climbing down a fire escape in the center of the park, breaking away from the other girls.</p>
<p>She has not been seen or heard from since.</p>
<p>"This never happened before," Victor said Saturday morning. "She never left the house and stood out like that. This is the very first time for something like this."</p>
<p>The Essex County Sheriff's Department confirmed the agency is aware of Navarro's disappearance. A spokesman said they've been working with Newark Police in searching the park and posting flyers. He referred questions to the Newark Police Department, which did not immediately return requests for comment.</p>
<p>Thus far, those efforts have not led to Brittany, who stands approximately 5'2" and weighs about 90 lbs.</p>
<p>"The amber alert was not issued because they say she is a runaway," Victor Navarro said. "They don't believe she was abducted or kidnapped."</p>
<p>Carmen Correa said her niece Brittany spoke of leaving the center a few weeks prior with plans of returning to her home, NJ.com reported. </p>
<p>Victor Navarro was skeptical his daughter would leave the program without contacting anyone. The family has reached out to all of her associates, he said, but they've reported no contact with Brittany. She does not have a cell phone, as it's forbidden by the program, he said.</p>
<p>YCS is the state's largest provider of services for kids with emotional and behavioral problems, serving about 1,500 kids in New Jersey. Brittany, who according to her father has ADHD, has been residing at one of its Newark residential facilities. She is scheduled to remain at YCS through December, Victor said. </p>
<p>YCS did not respond to messages left Saturday morning.</p>
<p>"She may have left the program but I think by by now she would have contacted somebody or ended up going back to the program," Victor told Patch. "The bridge [in the park] she left was from Newark. She's from Jersey City...she knows nothing about Newark."</p>
<p>The family called national organizations, including Gema Runaway Squad and The National Center for Missing Children in the hope Brittany emerges soon.</p>
<p>"If it's a matter of her being worried she's in trouble, it's not like that," Victor said. "We just want her home safe and sound. We love her."</p>
<p>Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Brittany Michelle Navarro is urged to contact the Newark Police Department at (973) 733-6600 or Victor Navarro at (201) 936-3811.</p>
<p>Please share her flyer with your friends. A online flyer is a excellent way to get the word out about a Missing Person. With todays technology it can be viewed literally anywhere, computers, Ipads, Cell phones, forwarded, downloaded and printed, etc. You can also tag your friends to the flyer which is another good way to spread the word quickly about a missing person, (you must "Like" the page it's uploaded on before it will let you tag it).</p>
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<p>Source: http://newarknj.patch.com/articles/jersey-city-girl-14-missing#c

Brittany Michelle Navarro was last seen at the bridge in the park with three fellow housemates of a YCS residential group home in Newark. She was reportedly wearing a pink dress and navy blue leggings and sneakers. According to Victor Navarro, Brittany’s father, she was last spotted at 11:45 p.m. climbing down a fire escape in the center of the park, breaking away from the other girls.

She has not been seen or heard from since.

“This never happened before,” Victor said Saturday morning. “She never left the house and stood out like that. This is the very first time for something like this.”

The Essex County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the agency is aware of Navarro’s disappearance. A spokesman said they’ve been working with Newark Police in searching the park and posting flyers. He referred questions to the Newark Police Department, which did not immediately return requests for comment.

Thus far, those efforts have not led to Brittany, who stands approximately 5’2″ and weighs about 90 lbs.

“The amber alert was not issued because they say she is a runaway,” Victor Navarro said. “They don’t believe she was abducted or kidnapped.”

Carmen Correa said her niece Brittany spoke of leaving the center a few weeks prior with plans of returning to her home, NJ.com reported.

Victor Navarro was skeptical his daughter would leave the program without contacting anyone. The family has reached out to all of her associates, he said, but they’ve reported no contact with Brittany. She does not have a cell phone, as it’s forbidden by the program, he said.

YCS is the state’s largest provider of services for kids with emotional and behavioral problems, serving about 1,500 kids in New Jersey. Brittany, who according to her father has ADHD, has been residing at one of its Newark residential facilities. She is scheduled to remain at YCS through December, Victor said.

YCS did not respond to messages left Saturday morning.

“She may have left the program but I think by by now she would have contacted somebody or ended up going back to the program,” Victor told Patch. “The bridge [in the park] she left was from Newark. She’s from Jersey City…she knows nothing about Newark.”

The family called national organizations, including Gema Runaway Squad and The National Center for Missing Children in the hope Brittany emerges soon.

“If it’s a matter of her being worried she’s in trouble, it’s not like that,” Victor said. “We just want her home safe and sound. We love her.”

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Brittany Michelle Navarro is urged to contact the Newark Police Department at (973) 733-6600 or Victor Navarro at (201) 936-3811.

Please share her flyer with your friends. A online flyer is a excellent way to get the word out about a Missing Person. With todays technology it can be viewed literally anywhere, computers, Ipads, Cell phones, forwarded, downloaded and printed, etc. You can also tag your friends to the flyer which is another good way to spread the word quickly about a missing person, (you must “Like” the page it’s uploaded on before it will let you tag it).