Missing 8-Year-Old Girl Found Safe

Published 02/24 2014 06:30PM

Updated 02/24 2014 07:18PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A St. Joseph girl who was reported missing Monday has been found at the home of a family friend.

Hailey Gawatz was located just before 7 o'clock p.m.

According to police, there was a miscommunication between family members about who was supposed to pick up the girl from school. The family contacted police when Gawatz did not come home from school.

Police sent out an alert regarding the missing child around 6 o'clock Monday evening and activated the region's Child Abduction Response Team (CART). However, police said the case did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert.

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