A 3-year-old girl last seen in Miami on Jan. 2 was reported missing across the state Wednesday.

Ava Joseph is a black female, 3 feet tall, 40 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Ava may be with her mother, Jennifer Joseph, 21.

The couple was last seen at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami and may have been driving a blue 2016 Kia Forte LX with Florida tag number 28AQRT.


In order for the FDLE to issue a missing child alert, law enforcement must have a “well-reasoned belief, based on an active investigation, that the child is at risk of death or serious bodily harm.”

Authorities said they believe Ava may be “in need of services,” but did not provide any additional information.

Miami-Dade police said DCF reported the investigation on Feb. 28.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Miami-Dade Police Department at 305-476-5423 or 911.

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