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UPDATE: Missing 10-year old Northridge girl found; 2 suspects sought

An ambulance and fire truck were at the scene in Woodland Hills on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, where a young girl was found who had been reported missing.
An ambulance and fire truck were at the scene in Woodland Hills on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, where a young girl was found who had been reported missing.

UPDATE 8:50 p.m. Los Angeles police are searching for two men wanted in the alleged kidnapping of a 10-year-old Northridge girl who was found Wednesday afternoon after disappearing from her home overnight, NBC LA reported.

"That’s nothing any child should go through," said Capt. William Hayes, with LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division. "Our goal is to ensure it doesn’t happen to anyone else. If these individuals were brazen enough to do that, I want to make sure they don’t do it again."

It was not clear what had transpired in the hours since the girl had gone missing. The girl told police she had been taken by two men, one of whom appeared to be 18 years old.

A motive for the abduction was unknown late Wednesday and investigators do not think the girl knew her captors, Hayes said at an evening news conference. There's no indication the men were armed during the kidnapping, he said.

Investigators were continuing to look for evidence and were "adding crime scenes" on Wednesday evening, including at an abandoned home and a storage facility in the San Fernando Valley. A truck believed to have been used by the abductors has been recovered, officials said.

The abductors dropped off the girl at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, not at a nearby Goodwill as investigators previously believed.

She walked a mile from the hospital to a Starbucks on Canoga Avenue in Woodland Hills, where a woman saw her and dropped her off to two LAPD officers on patrol.


UPDATE 5:03 p.m. Los Angeles police say a 10-year-old girl who was reported missing from her home overnight has been located.

LAPD Capt. Kris Pitcher says that the girl was dropped off by an unknown suspect near where she was found, and a search is continuing for that suspect, City News Service reports. Pitcher says it's unknown if the girl was lured out of the family home or if she suffered any serious injuries.

Pitcher told reporters how the girl is doing.

“She basically is in shock right now," Pitcher said. "She’s walking. She’s talking. She’s conversing with the officers and with the FBI agents and with the doctors and the nurses in the hospital.”

Pitcher said doctors are examining the girl and treating her for facial bruising and lacerations.

Sgt. Rudy Lopez says the girl was apparently spotted by someone who recognized her from information that had been publicized and contacted the Police Department. She was spotted at a gas station.

The girl with distinctive long red hair was found at midafternoon outside a Starbucks store about six miles from her home in the Northridge area of Los Angeles.

Her mother reported her missing early Wednesday morning when she noticed her empty bed around 3:30 a.m.

Note: Now that the girl has been found, KPCC has chosen to remove her name from this story while police investigate what happened to her.

Previously: The FBI have joined Los Angeles police as they continued their search Wednesday for a 10-year old girl who went missing from her Northridge home overnight. The Los Angeles Times cited an FBI spokesman saying that the federal agency had joined the search.

LAPD spokesman Richard French described the missing girl as 4-feet 11-inches tall, weighing about 100 pounds and with long red hair.

“Her mother claims that she looked in on her daughter, you know, around 1 or 1:30 a.m, and ... there was no problem," French said, adding that the girl was in bed. “And then later, around 3:40, she went to check on her again, and that’s when she discovered that she was missing from her bed.”

Investigators said there was no indication of foul play.

“[The girl's] mother told investigators that she did not believe her daughter would have been upset by anything to cause her to run away,” French said. “She also told us that she doesn’t have a history of running away.”

The girl was wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with characters from the TV show “Heroes.”