Missing Child Alert canceled after 2-year-old girl found safe


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 2-year-old girl at the center of a Missing Child Alert was found safe, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Saturday afternoon.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office first announced about 7:30 a.m. Saturday that it was looking for a 2-year-old girl, who may have been with a 31-year-old man.

Late Friday evening, according to the Sheriff’s Office, police were originally called to an unrelated investigation on the Southside, where they discovered the girl was missing.

Police said they believed she may with the 31-year-old, who is acquainted with the girl’s family.

The girl had last seen in the area of Princeton Square Boulevard West off Baymeadows Road, according to the FDLE, which issued the Missing Child Alert just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday

News4Jax on Saturday morning went by an apartment complex on Newton Road off Hogan Road, next to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Station 28, where the man is listed as living. There was a small police presence. Originally, there was just one JSO cruiser and then a few more arrived and stopped in front of unit listed as the man’s. A handful of officers came and went out of the complex at different times. Though officers in uniform could be seen walking around, there was no evidence of any type of police tape.

According to the JSO crime mapping tool, within the last week, there have not been any reported incidents at the complex or any nearby streets.

The FDLE said after 2:15 p.m. Saturday that the child was safe, and the Missing Child Alert was canceled. The Sheriff’s Office also confirmed the girl was located safe.

News4Jax has removed the child’s name and photo from this article since she has been found.

It’s unclear whether the man was found with the child, so News4Jax has also removed his name from the article, as well.

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