Missing 12-year-old found by police injured in abandoned building

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Police are calling it a miraculous recovery, as a 12-year-old girl who had been missing for days is found an abandoned building

The girl’s friend is still traumatized about hearing her classmate was found in a vacant house, but happy that her friend is alive.

“I’m really happy, but I know it’s going to affect her school. I don’t know if she is going to come back or if she will sit out the rest of the year. It’s like is she going to be okay in school,” the friend said.

The 12-year-old left her home in the 5300 block of Labadie Avenue near Union in North St Louis Wednesday morning around 6 a.m. She was supposed to meet her friend and then walk to the bus stop; she never showed up.

“I thought she was just absent. I did not think too much of it until her brother came looking for her saying she did not come home,” said the friend.

Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provided pictures of the scene where FBI agents and St. Louis police officers found the 12-year-old alone late Friday night in an abandoned building. Officers believe the girl had been in the vacant building for three day with serious injuries.

“Officers went house to house, block by block and we were able to locate her in the 5300 block of Terry in an upstairs vacant building. She was taken to an area hospital and she suffered some trauma to the extent we are not sure right now,” said Lt. Perri Johnson.

She was found just two blocks from where she had disappeared Wednesday en-route to meet her friend to catch school bus.

“She didn’t go voluntary go into that building by herself and the investigation is continuing right now,” said Lt. Johnson.

Police have offered few details about the girl’s recovery, but did say she was found with her backpack.