Two young girls who disappeared with the mother’s roommate in South Gate early Monday morning have been found, a police detective said late Tuesday morning.
The girls were found in Bell Gardens after investigators received a tip from an anonymous caller, according to South Gate Police Department Detective Ismael Ververa.
The department’s Facebook page said the girls and the adult were discovered safe.
Authorities received a call about 4 a.m. from the girls’ mother, who said her daughters had gone for a walk with her roommate and had not returned, the South Gate Police Department stated on Facebook.
The girls, ages 5 and 6, could not sleep so they left about 11 p.m. with 35-year-old Judy Annette Zamora to get something to eat at a local convenience store, according to their mother.
The mother said she became concerned when they did not return after about 20 minutes and went with another friend to look for the girls.
Unable to locate the woman or the girls, the mother called police. A critical missing alert asking for help in finding the girls was posted on the Police Department’s Facebook page. A surveillance image released by police shows the girls and Zamora inside a 7-Eleven store located at 9703 State Street.
The Police Department thanked the Sheriff’s Department bloodhound unit for help. No other details were immediately available.
KTLA’s Sarah Fenton contributed to this report.