AURORA, Colo. -- A 10-year-old girl who was reported missing from her Aurora home was found safe after missing for more than 24 hours, the Aurora Police Department said Tuesday.
“Well, I thought maybe she was dead or someone had done something because I didn’t know what had happened to her. But, now thanks to God, she’s fine,” her mother said as a family friend translated the conversation.
The girl received some treatment after she was found about three miles from her home, police said.
“He’s excited and happy that she’s found," the girl's stepfather said through a translator. "We hope that she’s in good hands and that she’s OK and that nothing bad has happened to her."
The girl was last seen at her home in the 1900 block of Elmira Street at 10 a.m. on Monday, police said. The family searched for the girl for several hours and when she was not found, police were contacted about 4 p.m.
“She left, we thought she was out playing, a couple of hours went by, they started looking, couldn’t find her, then it got worse," a family friend said. “They’ve been pretty stressed, it’s been really scary for them. They’ve been crying all day, haven’t ate.”
On Tuesday morning, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and FBI joined in the search, which was upgraded to an endangered missing alert.
Local law enforcement did house and road canvasing as well as using drone and K-9 searches to search for the girl on Tuesday morning.
An Amber Alert was not issued in the case because foul play was not suspected to be a factor.