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Girl who vanished from hospital is found safe; police looking into dissapearance

Monday, January 10, 2005

A 10-year-old Iowa City girl who vanished from a hospital waiting room Wednesday afternoon returned home Thursday morning, police said.

The girl's mother called police to let them know her daughter was home, Sgt. Brian Krei said. Police sent officers to the family's home.

"They're talking to her now, trying to figure out all what happened last night," police Sgt. Brian Krei said. "It doesn't appear that she's hurt."

The child, Mahogany White, went to Mercy Hospital with her mother Wednesday afternoon for a checkup for a younger sibling, police said. She was left in a third-floor waiting room.

The mother discovered her daughter was missing around 4:30 p.m., officials said.

The mother and hospital security searched the hospital. They called police about 5:30 p.m. Officers searched the surrounding area and the hospital, but didn't find her.

Officials were canvassing the area Thursday morning when the child's mother called police.

Krei said the child was not taken from the hospital, but he didn't know the circumstances of her disappearance or where she stayed Wednesday night.

Krei also said he didn't know if it was a family matter, but police were looking into it.

"I don't know. I really can't go into anything like that anyway. That's why they're investigating to make sure there's nothing. You have to look, and whether there is, I don't know," Krei said.

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