Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

UNION, Mo. (KMOX) – According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office the 5-year-old autistic girl has been found safe.

Boles Firefighters were searching around Highway T and a subdivision when Bella was found in a ravine laying in the grass.  She was found around 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.

Police say she sustained minor scratches from traveling through the woods.

“I talked to her a little bit and she seemed happy that she was back,” Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke says.

KMOX previously reported

Authorities in Franklin County have launched a search for a missing 5-year-old autistic girl.

The girl, with long brown hair and last seen wearing blue jean shorts and a black T-shirt with a dinosaur logo, is named Bella.

Bella wandered away from her residence on Baker Street in Villa Ridge around 1:30 pm Wednesday.

“There’s the fire department, sheriff’s deputies, and a K-9 unit on the way to help search for her, they’re going door-to-door,” said Franklin County sheriff Gary Toelke, who described it as a wooded area with a few homes.

Anyone who sees an unaccompanied small female fitting this description in that area is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (636) 583-2560.

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