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Photos of Malika James Surface; Police Suspend Missing-Persons Search UPDATE

Update: Malika has returned home safe.

Pembroke Pines Police have suspended their search for Malika James, a 28-year-old woman who went missing during Art Basel over the weekend.

On Tuesday night, the Police Department released three photos of James that were taken at a Chase Bank in Winter Haven. According to police, the photos were taken Monday at 7:41 a.m., when she was making a transaction at the bank's ATM.

The photos, taken by a surveillance camera, show James coming out of her car and appearing in good condition. Police believe she's headed north, though where she's going or why remain unknown at this time.

See also: Malika James, Pembroke Pines Resident, Missing After Basel Weekend

The news of James' disappearance broke on Monday evening. Images of her were spread throughout social media asking for anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact the Pembroke Pines Police Department.

She was last seen Saturday afternoon at Wood Tavern in Wynwood just before she had to go to work. Pembroke Pines Police have offered no other details other than to say that James is not in their system as a missing person.

A phone call to Pembroke Pines Police by New Times on Tuesday came up with the same results. "She's not coming up," the officer we spoke to told us before forwarding our request to a detective. The detective never called us back.

On Wednesday, Pembroke Pines Police Capt. Al Xiques told the Miami Herald that they know where she is, and that she went there on her own free will. "She's not technically missing," Xiques said. "We know where she is. She is willingly going."

The search for James has been officially suspended, leaving Malika's father Leonard wondering where she's going and why she hasn't contacted anyone.

"At this point I have no idea what is going on," James said via Herald.

According to Leonard James, they have family in Atlanta but he's not sure if Malika is heading there. He also says he's going to deposit more money into Malika's bank account.

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