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2-Year-Old Girl Who Disappeared From The Grove Found In Palm Springs
Lucia Perry, a 2-year-old girl who disappeared from The Grove on Christmas Eve during a supervised visit with her father, has been found. The girl was on a supervised visit with her father, 31-year-old Jack Perry, on Dec. 24. The supervisor lost sight of the pair outside of the Barnes & Noble store at about 5 p.m., and the two vanished.
Last night at about 9:30 p.m., a witness called police and said she was "nearly positive" she had spotted Jack and Lucia in Palm Springs, according to a release from the LAPD. The Palm Springs Police Department responded to the apartment where the witness said she had seen the pair and found that Perry had rented the apartment on Sunday using a false name.
Police discovered Jack and Lucia, who was unharmed, inside the apartment. Lucia's mother, Elise Perry, accompanied police from the LAPD's Van Nuys Station and retrieved her daughter.
Jack was arrested and book on Child Abduction charges. His bail has been set at $40,000.
Jack and Elise are in the process of a divorce, and Lucia typically resides with her mother in Van Nuys. Authorities worried that Jack was a flight risk as he is a British national who comes from a wealthy family and had access to private aircraft.