Missing Aurora 10-year-old Daniela Ruano-Morales found safe

Missing Aurora 10-year-old Daniela Ruano-Morales found safe
Missing 10-year-old in Aurora found safe more than 24 hours later
Aurora police said a 10-year-old girl in Aurora who had been missing since Monday morning was found Tuesday afternoon.

Aurora police said a 10-year-old girl in Aurora who had been missing since Monday morning was found Tuesday afternoon.

Missing girl found safe in Aurora

The search for a 10-year-old girl in Aurora who has been missing since Monday morning continued Tuesday.

—–Previous Story:Police in Aurora are asking people to search their properties and small spaces for a 10-year-old girl last seen Monday morning.

Aurora police spokeswoman Crystal McCoy announced around 12:20 p.m. that Daniela Ruano-Morales, 10, had been found safe. The girl was receiving medical treatment, she said. That is standard for cases like this, police said.

The family of Daniela Ruaon-Morales searched on their own before calling police around 4 p.m. Monday, according to police.

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In a news release sent Tuesday afternoon by Aurora police, they said Ruano-Morales was found by a distant relative in the Hoffman Heights neighborhood near E. 6th Ave. and N. Peoria St.

However, police say they are still trying to figure out how she got to the area, though they don’t believe there is any danger to the community.

The spokesperson for the Aurora Police Department, Crystal McCoy, said that it appeared that Daniela missed school voluntarily on Monday but it’s highly “unusual” that she would run away. If she did run away, this would be the first time according to what McCoy has been told so far.

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The girl's family realized she was missing from their home in the 1900 block of Elmira Street around 10 a.m. Monday. It appeared that she had left on her own and on foot, McCoy said. The family tried to find her for several hours before contacting the Aurora Police Department at 4 p.m. Monday.

Police find missing 10-year-old Aurora girl

Police started the search for the girl at that point, McCoy said. This was the first time to her knowledge that Ruano-Morales has walked away from home.

Denver Post reports that 10-year-old Daniela Ruano-Morales was last seen at around 10 a.m., off of the 1900 block of Elmira Street in Aurora on Monday. Police indicated that the child has no physical or mental disabilities but is considered missing and endangered” because of her age.

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The FBI joined in on this search, as did K-9 officers and their handlers from several metro-area sheriff’s offices.

It appears that she left on her own. It is unusual for her to run away, especially for this period of time. She was intentionally out of school yesterday. (The parents) are very distraught but they are very cooperative at this time.

Authorities searched the neighborhood overnight and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation issued a missing/endangered person alert at 11 p.m. Monday. Officers worked through the night to try and find the girl.

Police say they believe the girl left on her own. They said theres nothing suspicious about her abduction, but they are worried because of her age and because of how long shes been gone.

While authorities searched the area, McCoy said neighbors and local businesses could help by watching any video footage they may have from Monday, starting around noon and going into the evening hours. Specifically, police were looking for footage from the areas between 19th Avenue and Colfax Avenue, and Peoria Street and Elmira Street.

Police in Aurora are asking people to search their properties and small spaces for a 10-year-old girl last seen Monday morning.

Ruano-Morales was described as a young Hispanic girl with a slim build. She's about 4-foot, 10 inches and weighs about 65 pounds. She was last seen in a gray tank top and floral sweatpants. 

An Amber Alert was not issued because there was no evidence of an abduction, McCoy said. She said the family was distraught and cooperating with authorities, and asked for privacy.

Police said she was safe and being checked out. They plan to release more information later this afternoon.

Aurora Public Schools issued an automatic call to parents of students at Math & Health Sciences Elementary School and Fletcher Primary alerting them of the missing girl. In the message, APS said it is working with the FBI and Aurora police as they continue the search. The message's subject line reads, "Fletcher Missing Student."

#MissingEndangeredAlert has been issued by @CBI_Colorado We have added two new photos to help with #FindingDaniela. She is 4’10”/65 lbs. wearing a gry tank top & flower pants. Last seen in 1900 block of Elmira St. in morning of 9/17. Plz call 911 if seen. pic.twitter.com/XxCp4TQ4Bw

Police ask anybody with information to call the Aurora police tip line at 303-739-1860 or email APDcrimetips@auroragov.org. 

Federal authorities had joined the search for a missing 10-year-old girl who disappeared after leaving her Aurora home on Monday morning. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation sent out a Missing Endangered Alert late Monday night for Daniela Ruano-Morales.

Police said that Daniela was found in the Hoffman Heights neighborhood near East 6th Avenue and North Peoria Street, a little more than two miles from her home.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department didnt rescue a cat from a tree, but a three-month-old puppy is wagging happily after being rescued from an air vent Monday. CSFD posted about the rescue on Twitter.


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