FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Update, 11:50 a.m., Dec. 21: [Name removed] has been located and is uninjured. She was spotted at a City Utilities bus stop at 2350 S. Campbell Ave., near the intersection of Broadmoor. The bus driver contacted police, and officers were able to confirm her identity at the scene. Detectives from the Springfield Police Department will continue this investigation to determine what occurred during the time [Name removed] was missing.
Original release, 8:21 a.m., Dec. 21: The search is ongoing for [Name removed], 13, a missing and endangered child with autism who was last seen at approximately 6 p.m. in the area of Walnut Lawn and Campbell in Springfield.
Several additional officers have been assigned to this search including specialized units of the Springfield Police Department and support from other local law enforcement agencies to include the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
Citizens are encouraged to check their property for Mosher—yards, outbuildings, unlocked cars, etc.—as it is possible that she is in hiding and has taken shelter from the cold. It is also highly encouraged that community members continue to spread the word of this search and be on the lookout for her anywhere in the city.
[Name removed] is autistic and is high functioning. She is 5 feet tall, weighs 90 pounds and has light brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a red jacket with fur around the hood, a white sweater with snowflakes and black boots. She was also wearing a pair of blue framed eye glasses.
Anyone with information regarding [Name removed] whereabouts is asked to immediately call 911.
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Case number: 16-53987
Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Capt. Greg Higdon