MAGNA, Utah (ABC4 News) – Unified police say an extensive search was made to locate 7-year-old Amberley Russell. She was reported missing by her stepmother around 6 p.m. Monday.
Russel was last seen leaving Elk Run Elementary in Magna around 3:20 p.m. with a scooter.
Detective Ken Hansen said a search and rescue team was put together and started a grid search around the home. All while officers went to Russell’s classmate’s home thinking she might be there.
Just after 9:30 p.m., UPD got a tip of their own that the girl was with the Department of Children and Family Services.
Det. Hansen said the girl was picked up by Utah Transit Authority police in the area of 210 W 3300 South unharmed.
UTA police asked the girl where her home was and it was reported she told them she was homeless. Officers then handed her over to DCFS.
Detective Hansen said while with DCFS Russell would not give her name to officials. That happened around 4 p.m. and UPD said no information was relayed to police agencies of a found child.
Detectives are glad the girl was found safe and hope to gain more information on the communication breakdown on Tuesday.
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