A 13-year-old girl who police said was missing and endangered was located early Tuesday morning, according to Fairview Heights police.
Officer Tim Mueller confirmed that Christine T. Sanders was found safe in Woodson Terrace, Mo., which is close to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Police originally reported that Sanders had been missing from her home in the 400 block of Joseph Drive in Fairview Heights since Sunday morning. Sanders’ mother reported her daughter missing to police at 9 a.m. Monday. The girl was reported to be with Napoleon Bacon, 20, who police said was an acquaintance to the Sanders family. The two had been seen on foot and asking for money Monday morning in Fairview Heights. Police said Bacon was homeless.
Mueller said it appeared that Sanders ran away from home with Bacon, adding that Sanders “has run away in the past.”
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Fairview Heights Police Department posted on its Facebook that they had received a notification from Woodson Terrace police at around 4 a.m. Tuesday that Sanders had been located. Police said Sanders was found, along with Bacon. The girl was later reunited with her mother, who had originally reported her missing.
Police said the investigation was ongoing.