FBI Aiding in Search for 10-Year-Old Girl Who Vanished From Her Own Bed [UPDATED]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has stepped in to offer aid in the ongoing search for a 10-year-old girl missing from the Northridge area.
The mother of missing girl Nicole Ryan says she last her daughter at 1 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 as she slept in her own bed in their home in the 8000 block of Oakdale Avenue. At around 3:40 a.m. Nicole was no longer there.
Nicole's mother says the girl has no history of running away. Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Daryl Russell said there were no indications of foul play in conjunction with Nicole's vanishing, according to City News Service.
Nicole Ryan has red hair and blue eyes, and is 4'1" and about 100 pounds.
Anyone with information about the missing girl is asked to contact the LAPD or 911 immediately.
UPDATE 3:01 PM: Nicole Ryan has been found by the LAPD six miles from her home at a gas station and mini-mall at Oxnard and Canoga in Canoga Park, according to a live report on KCAL-9. Details about her condition, how she came to be at that location, and how she was found have not been released.
3:14 PM: According to live coverage on KCAL-9, Ryan's mother went in to check on her daughter in her bedroom early this morning when she heard a commotion, and saw that the child's dog—not normally permitted in the bedroom—was pacing in the child's room. A relative said a gate from the yard was left open, too.
Currently Ryan is being transported to an unknown destination in a LAFD ambulance. At the scene where she was found police are setting up yellow tape.
4:35 PM: At a media briefing, LAPD Capt. Kris Pitcher said Ryan was dropped off by an unknown suspect near Canoga Avenue and Oxnard Street where she was found, and a search is continuing for that suspect, according to City News Service. Investigators are working to determine if the girl was lured out of her home and if she suffered any serious injuries. Ryan, who was taken to a local hospital, was found barefoot, and seems to have some "facial bruising and lacerations," said Pitcher.