Lincoln girl goes missing Sunday, found three hours later

Authorities trying to piece together chain of events
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Lincoln police officers, local volunteers and a helicopter from the Sacramento Police Department were called out Sunday to help find a reportedly missing girl, according to the Lincoln Police Department.

The 7-year-old girl, who lives near Sixth Street and East Avenue, went missing from her front yard at about 2:45 p.m. The Lincoln Police Department issued a reverse 9-1-1 notification to the community, also known as an Everbridge notification, and released her photo and name on social media in an attempt to find her.

The girl returned to her residence just before 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the Lincoln Police Department. She was transported to a local hospital to be checked for injuries, as she had reportedly been walking in the creek area without any shoes, according to the department.

Lincoln Police Department detectives are working with the girl’s family to determine where she was during the three hours she was missing. Lincoln Police Chief Doug Lee said his detectives “are still trying to get to the bottom of where she was during the three hours” but did not believe there was anything for the community to worry about.

“If we thought there was a credible threat to the community or children, we would put out more information,” Lee said Wednesday. “We are not concerned that there is someone out there who poses a threat to the community.”

Lee added that his department canvassed the neighborhood to see if any houses had security cameras facing the street to no avail. He said the investigation is ongoing.