Family searches for missing teen in Hart Park

Posted at 6:06 PM, Dec 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-30 21:37:36-05

UPDATE (Dec. 30, 2016 6:30 p.m.): Jai Bornstein may have had her father's gun when she went missing, according to one of the search party organizers. The family is not confirming this information at this time. There have been reports that Jai may have also been suicidal.


UPDATE (Dec. 30, 2016, 1:58 p.m.): The family of Jai Bornstein, as well as friends and volunteers, searched for the missing teen in Hart Park today.

Bornstein was dropped off by an Uber in Hart Park on December 27 and has not been heard from since.

Sergeant Gary Carruesco shared there has been no update on the case. Detectives are continuing to Jai and ask that anyone with information regarding her whereabouts call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

Bakersfield police are searching for a missing transgender 19-year-old last seen around 10 a.m. on December 27.

Jai Bornstein was last seen in on Selkirk Drive, just east of Gosford Road, in Southwest Bakersfield and was possibly dropped off at Hart Park around 11:20 a.m.

Bornstein is 200 pounds with red hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a long grey sweater, black leggings and brown boots.

23ABC has reached out to police to confirm why they are searching for Bornstein but have not heard back.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Andrew Burich at (661) 326-3543 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

Anyone interested in speaking with the family should contact Jerica Bornstein at (714) 599-6963.