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Police find missing Northland 4-year-old

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The was missing since at least 4:20 p.m. Friday when Kansas City police were notified in the1200 block of Northeast Highway 69. (Chopper5) The was missing since at least 4:20 p.m. Friday when Kansas City police were notified in the1200 block of Northeast Highway 69. (Chopper5)
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Several police agencies in the Northland were searching for a missing 4-year-old girl who has now been found safe.

The child had been missing since at least 4:20 p.m. Friday when Kansas City police were notified.

The child went missing in the1200 block of Northeast Highway 69 near Northgate Mobile Estates.

The Kansas City police and fire departments, Pleasant Valley police and Claycomo police helped the search crews.

A police officer found the girl, Elaijah Foster, who is known for playing hide and seek.

When she went missing in the afternoon, her grandfather was babysitting and couldn't find her anywhere, so he called 911 for help. 

As the authorities, family, and friends searched for her in hopes of the best possible outcome, her mother tried to stay calm. 

"I was so scared," Patricia Murray said. "So scared that she was gone or that something could have happened to her. I tried to stay positive. I was just praying the whole time."

The young girl's grandfather thought that, because she had asked to go swimming, the girl might have tried to sneak down to the pool on her own. 

Lo and behold, a police officer found her hiding underneath a chair on a porch. 

"She likes to play hide and seek, "Murray said. "Everybody was yelling for her and she didn't come out. She was too scared. She thought she was in trouble."

Chopper5 was overhead when the girl and her mother were reunited. Her family and friends couldn't help but hug her over and over again.

They say they can't think first responders enough for their efforts. "Thank you, guys," said Murray, "with all my heart."

Murray said she also wants to thank everyone who lives in the area and helped with the search. 

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