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Colorado Girl Found Following Desperate FBI-Assisted Search

After a search that lasted more than 24 hours, police say Daniela Ruano-Morales of Aurora, Colorado, has been returned home safely.

By Gina Tron

A desperate search to locate a 10-year-old girl who ran away from her home in Aurora, Colorado, on Monday morning had a happy ending, after police announced she was found.

Police announced on Tuesday that Daniela Ruano-Morales was found a little after noon, local time, and that she was receiving treatment. More than 100 officers, including personnel from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI, joined the efforts to locate the girl, according to the Denver Post.

"Thank you everyone for your assistance in helping us bring Daniela home safe!" the Aurora Police Department tweeted. "We also wanted to thank the public for your help in sharing and getting Daniela’s information out. Thank you ALL for helping with #FindingDaniela," it added in a Facebook post.

No other details have been released.

The girl had been missing for over 24 hours. Her family realized she was gone at around 10 a.m. Monday, Crystal McCoy, spokeswoman for the Aurora Police Department, said at an early morning press conference.

She added that the girl left on foot on her own. Her family tried to find her themselves until 4 p.m. when they contacted police.

Neighbor Ana Sanchez said she saw Ruano-Morales around 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning. When she asked the girl why she wasn’t in school, Sanchez said Daniela replied, “I have a lot to do today,” the Denver Post reports.


Ruano-Morales was considered “missing and endangered,” mostly because of her age, McCoy said.

McCoy said the parents were "very distraught," but cooperative.

An Amber Alert was not issued because police said there was no evidence she was abducted. The Aurora Police Department urged people in the area to check their propetry and small spaces for the girl in a Tuesday morning tweet.

[Photo: Aurora Police Department]

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