Missing Indianapolis girl Tatyana Staten has been found alive

Girl had been missing since Friday afternoon

INDIANAPOLIS - A 10-year-old girl who had been missing since Friday was found Sunday morning, Indianapolis police said.

Police said a neighbor found Staten walking outside a Kroger store near the 6200 block of 46th Street and Arlington Avenue just after 10 a.m., a media release said.

The neighbor told police the girl was walking toward them, wearing the same clothing she wore Friday.

Staten told police she had been laying down in a grassy area near the Kroger store for quite some time.

Police are speaking with all parties involved to figure out where the girl has been and what she has been doing since Friday.

"Our detectives right now are taking with her to try to ascertain where exactly she was. It's very cold out here and its very hard for out detectives to understand how she would have survived from Friday all the way to Sunday being outside," said Indianapolis police spokesman Kendale Adams.

Detectives had been looking for Staten since Friday afternoon when investigators believed she ran away from home after she was suspended from school earlier in the day, Adams said.

"IMPD missing persons detectives were actually getting ready to deploy along with IFD Urban Search and Rescue to do a second search when we got the call that she had been found," said Adams.

Staten had been last seen just before 2 p.m. in the 4300 block of Elizabeth Street, near Shadeland Avenue and 42nd Street.

Crews staged and searched the nearby area again Saturday night, looking for the girl in sheds, garages and other structures.

Staten is at Community East Hospital and is being treated for minor hypothermia, but police said otherwise she is in good condition, the release said.

Detectives said they did not request an Amber Alert because of the requirements that are associated with an alert of this type.

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