An 11-year-old girl went missing Monday evening from her home near Arden Park in Edina, and was found five miles away at the Richfield Best Buy.
The girl—described in the alert as 4-feet-8-inches tall, about 85 pounds, with long, blonde hair and brown eyes, possibly wearing a turquoise jacket—went missing around 4 p.m. from her home near 56th Street and Brookview Avenue.
Around 8:30 p.m., about 15 minutes after the alert was issued, she called her parents from the, the endpoint of her five-mile walk from home.
When Edina police found her safe at the store, they called off the search and issued a follow-up alert to Edina residents.
Tony Martin, the police department’s communications supervisor, said he believed it was the first city-wide alert in the CodeRED system’s six-year history.
“We didn’t have any leads or information as to where she might be,” Martin said. “Anybody under the age of 12 is considered an endangered person because they might not be able to care for theirself, especially with the weather changing.”
Edina homeowners’ phone numbers are automatically registered for the CodeRED alert. Additionally, residents can sign up for alerts on their cell phones or location-aware notifications through the CodeRED mobile app.
When the CodeRED was issued Monday evening, Edina police were dismayed to receive phone calls from residents angry about the disturbance.
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