Authorities are searching for an 18-year-old missing member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Jalajhia Finklea was last seen Oct. 20 in the New Bedford area.

Jalajhia Finklea. —Mashpee Wampanoag Police Department

Authorities are asking for the public’s help finding an 18-year-old member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe who was last seen Oct. 20 in the New Bedford area. 

The tribe’s police department expressed concern in a statement that Jalajhia Finklea may have been abducted and taken out of Massachusetts. 

“Jalajhia Finklea is 18 years of age and is 5’3” and approximately 110 lbs,” the department wrote. “She has brown hair, hazel eyes and has a triangle scar on her left cheek.”

The department, which is working with New Bedford police, said she was last seen with a 37-year-old man named Luis Robert Zaragoza Barboza. 


Finklea’s aunt, Tia Costa, told Boston 25 News the family is concerned, saying it is unusual for her not to be in touch with her relatives. The teen was supposed to celebrate her 18th birthday with family the day after she disappeared and she also had a medical procedure planned.

“Doctors reached out to us asking why she hasn’t come in, and we have no answers, we have not heard from her,” Costa said. 

Anyone with information is being urged to contact New Bedford police at 508-991-6360.

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