Nearly 40,000 drivers go through the intersection of U.S. Highway 17-92 and State Road 434 in Longwood. That may be why the FBI recently put up an electronic billboard there. It has a giant picture of 22-year old Tatjuana Joye along with the sobering words "WANTED" for sex trafficking minors.
The location may have also been chosen because Joye graduated from Lyman High School in 2008. The school is just a couple of miles from the billboard.
The FBI will not talk about the details of the case. But FOX 35 discovered Joye was arrested two separate times last year. First was in January 2011 on a Possession of Stolen Goods charge in Charlotte, NC. Then in May 2011, she was arrested on a Prostitution charge in Osceola County.
Nadia Rosario says she and Joye were best friends from 8th grade through high school graduation. In 2006 Tatjuana's baby brother and mother each died within six months of each other. Rosario's family took the girl in. Their bond became even stronger.
Rosario says, "We were the good girls. We would just hang out (and) go out to the mall, get ready for prom."
Tatjuana's grades improved. She was honored for her school work and achievement by the City of Longwood in 2007 and the local Rotary Club in 2008. She graduated Lyman High School with a 3.0 GPA. After graduation in 2008 the best friends drifted apart. But despite not being close for several years, Rosario cannot imagine how Joye got to the point where she's wanted by the FBI for what appears to be a horrible crime.
"I can't even think of her doing anything of that nature, at all! It's just not her. Her life was school (and) getting into college, focusing on that stuff. That's was who I knew."
Not the twice arrested, wanted fugitive who now has the FBI, and perhaps 40,000 drivers a day, hot on her trail.