Edmonton girl last seen on the north side found after being missing for 4 days

FILE: Edmonton Police badge is seen during a police memorial parade in Ottawa Sunday September 26, 2010. Francis Vachon, The Canadian Press

Editor’s Note: The girl’s family said Thursday she had been found. Global News has removed her name and photo from this story to protect her privacy. 

A girl who went missing in north Edmonton on Sunday was found Thursday, her family confirmed to Global News.

It’s not yet known where she was found or what happened when she disappeared, however an Edmonton Police Service spokesperson confirmed she was found safe and unharmed.

Police first issued a plea for help from the public on Tuesday, as they tried to find the 13-year-old girl.

In a news release, police said the girl was last seen on Sunday at a McDonald’s at 15333 Castle Downs Rd. at around 11 a.m. The EPS said she was seen with “two unknown males.”

“She is known to frequent this McDonald’s, as well as Castle Downs Park,” police said, adding she requires medication.

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“Given her age, there are concerns for her well-being.”

The girl’s mother told Global News her daughter’s cognitive functions are somewhat impaired ever since she had brain surgery to have a tumour removed.

She said her daughter had permission to leave the home to go to Hudson Park and then Oxford Park. She said working with a behavioural therapist, they had a plan for how an outing like this could be made safe on her own.

“We got her to set her phone to say (that at) 2 p.m., she had to make her way home,” she said, adding the daughter texted her at noon and 1:15 p.m. on Sunday.

“That was the last we heard from her,” the mom said. “We’re really worried about her.

“She was doing really good and that’s why we thought we could trust her to go out to the park.”

The mom said when her daughter is in a stressful situation, her mental state becomes that of a seven- or eight-year-old.

“When she gets stressed out or she’s in a situation where maybe she’s with someone that isn’t a good person… (I fear) she won’t know how to ask for help and get out of it,” she said. “My fear is she may have trusted the wrong person.”

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The mother said her family was grateful to the community for helping them canvas various neighbourhoods, put up posters of the girl and share information about her disappearance on social media.

Anyone with more information regarding the girl’s disappearance is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.

Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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