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Missing 8-year-old girl found safe

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, grandmother confirms Alayjah Bridges has been located

Missing 8-year-old girl was found safe and reunited with her family after being spending the night at a friend's house.
Missing 8-year-old girl was found safe and reunited with her family after being spending the night at a friend's house. (WJXT)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police were asking for the public for help finding an 8-year-old girl last seen Friday afternoon walking to her neighborhood library. About 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police confirmed she was found safe.

According to a news release, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was called Saturday to 9th Street West, between Spires Avenue and Fairfax Street. Police were told Alayjah Bridges was last seen around 4 p.m. Friday when she left to walk to the Dallas James Graham Library on Myrtle Avenue North, across from Stanton College Preparatory School.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also issued a missing child alert Saturday night.

Bridges’ grandmother posted on Facebook at around 10:30 Saturday night “she’s found.” JSO later confirmed Alayjah was found safe.

News4Jax spoke with Alayjah’s grandmother, who goes by Alicia. She says there had been some miscommunication and Alayjah had spent the night at a friend’s house.

“She just went to a friend’s house. She saw some old friends from the neighborhood. They actually saw her walking down, getting off the bus," she told News4Jax. “They saw her through a window and they ran outside to play with her and they wanted her to spend the night. It was OK with her friend’s mother. Then she told her friend’s mother it was OK for her to spend the night.”

Alayjah’s other grandmother described how she felt to have the girl home safe.

“So if you were concerned, imagine how we were feeling. I felt so relieved. I felt so blessed once they told me that she was found,” she said. “Love your babies and stay on them. Know where they’re at at all times of the day. Whether they get off the school bus, just know where they are.”