Missing 11-year-old girl found, returned to her family

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News4Jax has removed the child’s name and photo from this article because she is no longer missing.

KINGSLAND, Ga. – A missing 11-year-old girl has been found and returned to her family, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office, along with the girl’s family, asked for the public’s help to find her after she was last seen around midnight Saturday at her home on Kerry Place in Kingsland, where her family has lived for five years.

“She was in her bedroom. It was time to lie down,” the girl’s mother said. “I went to check on all the kids, and she was gone. She was just gone.”

The Sheriff’s Office told News4Jax it was meeting with GBI and doing interviews with family on Sunday. Later in the day, police told News4Jax the girl was found with some boys from Florida who are now being investigated 

The girl’s family said the disappearance was out of her character. Her mother said her daughter was excited to start sixth grade at Camden Middle School and was constantly wearing a CMS Cougars jacket, which she was reportedly last seen wearing.

According to her family, her glasses were left at home, along with her home.

“Please, if you know anything, you got to come forward if it was your baby,” the girl’s father said.

When asked whether the family believes LeAnn was taken or ran away, the girl’s grandfather said: “We don’t know. We don’t know. We suspect that she got into a vehicle.”

The girls’ mother added: “I believe she did walk out of the house on her own.”

The Sheriffs Office said teams were searching on Kerry Place, and bloodhounds tracked her scent to the end of the street.

“She walked out, as far as we know, and we know nothing else The trail ended at the end of the road,” the girl’s grandfather said.

He said his granddaughter had just spent the last six weeks with him over summer in Newberry, Florida, which is right outside of Gainesville.

Flyers were posted in Camden County, Waycross, Brunswick and as far south as Daytona Beach.

“I just want her to come home,” the girls’ grandfather said. “Just come back home.”

Investigators asked anyone living in the area around Kerry Place to review home security and video systems. They also asked anyone who had seen any vehicles or people who do not live in the area of Kerry Place within the last few days to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

LeAnn’s family members, including her two younger brothers, pleaded for the community’s help to bring her home.

“She’s 11. Bring my baby home,” her mother said.

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