FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - Police had been searching for a missing 11-year-old girl in Franklin County Thursday. After an 8 hour search by nearly 100 people, she was found around 2:30pm near a creek bed in a subdivision.
Authorities said initial reports given by the locating rescue team was that the child had no pulse and no signs of life.
Soon after while processing the scene Franklin County Sheriff Gary Tolke says she moved and a neighbor who happened to be an ER doctor rushed to the scene to help revive her. They believe hypothermia had set in making it hard for crews to find a pulse.
She was alert and talking as she was transported to an area hospital to be checked out.
Police responded to the 900 block of Prairie View in Ming Estates of Washington, Missouri, early Thursday morning when parents noticed Maria Huber was missing around 6:00am.
Her parents told police she went to bed around 9:00 p.m. They entered her room around 6:00 a.m. Thursday and noticed the child’s alarm clock had been set for 2:00 a.m. Maria was not in her room.
The parents told police Maria had been upset over something at school Wednesday.
Authorities had said initial information indicated the child may have run away from home. They were concerned about her age and the possibility she may have gone in to the woods alone or who she may be with.
Family members, friends and neighbors arrived on the scene as Maria Huber was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a local hospital. Police are still trying to determine why the 11-year-old ran away from home. Friends say all she had was $6 in her pocket taken from her piggy bank. Investigators say Huber was found fully clothed her only protection from the cold was a hoodie. It’s also believed that she may have fallen near the creek.