Special-Needs Girl Found Wandering in Huntington Beach; Parents Located After Search

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A special-needs girl was found wandering in Huntington Beach on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, police said. (Credit: Google Maps)

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An adolescent girl who had been found wandering on Gilbert Island in Huntington Beach on Monday was expected to be reunited with her parents, who were located after authorities asked for the public’s help in identifying her, officials said.

“The juvenile appears to be special needs and non-verbal,” the city’s Police Department said in an intial news release, which described her as 12 to 17 years old.

Officers responded to a call about 1:43 p.m. after the girl was found near the intersection of Admiralty Drive and Pacific Coast Highway (map), the release said.

Police went door-to-door in the neighborhood and spoke with several residents, none of whom recognized the girl. The search included public buses in the area and contact with nearby police agencies, to no avail, officials said.

The Huntington Beach Police Department released photos of the girl and a description of her shortly after 7:30 p.m.

About an hour later, authorities announced that her parents had been located.

“Thank you everyone for your concern and help in spreading the information,” the Police Department said on its Facebook page.

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