Girl Who Disappeared From Motel in North Hills Found, Appears Unharmed: LAPD

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A 12-year-old girl who disappeared from a North Hills motel Tuesday night has been found safe, her mother and police said Thursday.

Donyetta Butts is seen in a photo provided by her mother.

Donyetta Butts is seen in a photo provided by her mother.

Donyetta “D.D.” Butts vanished from  the Hometown Inn, located at 9401 Sepulveda Blvd. (map), around 9:30 p.m. when she went outside barefoot to take out the trash.

She was found safe Thursday by a volunteer who was searching just blocks away from the motel, Donyetta's mother, Michelle Mosby, said.

Mosby was still unsure if Donyetta had left voluntarily or was taken against her will, but said she's grateful her daughter is safe.

“I’m so relieved. … I knew my Lord was going to bring my daughter back to me,” Mosby said.

A brief update from Los Angeles Police Department Thursday afternoon stated that Donyetta appeared to be unharmed.

"The facts surrounding her disappearance are still under investigation," the LAPD release stated.

The volunteer who helped find Donyetta said her son spotted the young girl carrying a bag of clothes as they were driving on Lanark Street at about 11:30 a.m.

“Sure enough, it was her. I just threw my car in park and jumped out,” said Rebecca Anderson, who happens to be the girl's mentor at church. "Thank God. Everybody's been in prayers."

Earlier in the search, friends and family members were seen passing out fliers with Donyetta's picture throughout the area.

Mosby said family members from all over had come to help look for Donyetta. “We all want to know that your safe. Please baby, please come home. We love you honey,” Mosby said.

On Wednesday, investigators searched the home of a 28-year-old man who had recently become friends with Donyetta, according to Mosby.

Family friend Robin Key said the man’s efforts to get to know Donyetta had raised suspicion.

“It’s just not normal for a 28-year-old male to take that much time with a 12-year-old,” Key said. “I‘ve just had this feeling that ever since I saw him lurking around that that should be … stopped.”

Donyetta Butts is seen in a photo provided by her mother.

Donyetta Butts is seen in a photo provided by her mother.

The search of the man's home did not turn up any leads, according to Mosby.

Detectives also obtained surveillance video from the motel, but a review of the video did not provide detectives with anything significant, LAPD Officer Jane Kim with the said Thursday.

Police did not plan to release the surveillance video, according to Kim.

Donyetta moved to Southern California from Indiana about one year ago and lived at the Hometown Inn with her mother.

The young girl has post-traumatic stress disorder with a mood disorder, and has struggled with suicidal thoughts, Mosby said.

Anyone with information about the missing girl is asked to contact Detective L. Saiza of the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800.

During nonbusiness hours or on weekends, callers should dial 877-527-3247. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang and Melissa Pamer contributed to this report. 

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