Sacramento police say the disappearance of a 7-year-old girl that set off a flurry of public alerts and automated phone calls to area residents Wednesday afternoon was triggered by a miscommunication between the girl’s mother and an acquaintance.
Rebecca Lope was reported missing about 4 p.m. in the area of the 2600 block of U Street. Police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said the girl’s mother could not find her daughter and told police it was unlike the youngster to wander off.
Police quickly launched a search, using officers on the ground and a helicopter. They posted her photo on social media and initiated automated phone calls to homes and businesses in the area, asking people to be on the lookout for the youngster.
Morse said it occurred to someone who knew the family to phone an acquaintance of the girl’s mother. The caller confirmed that the girl and the acquaintance were at a local park.
Morse said there was never any indication that the girl had been abducted, and incident was chalked up to miscommunication.
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