An abducted 10-year-old girl was found alive Wednesday, and Los Angeles police are hunting her kidnappers.
Nicole Ryan, who went missing early Wednesday morning, was found wandering in a Starbucks parking lot around 3 p.m. just six miles from her home in the Northridge section of the San Fernando Valley, ABC reports.
“Her face was white. She looked very tired and worried,” Nicolas Jackson, who spotted the girl when he was getting gas next to the Starbucks, told the Los Angeles Times.
Nicole went missing in the predawn hours and was kidnapped by two men, one of which is an 18-year-old man, police told ABC News. The girl’s mother said she saw her daughter sleeping in her bedroom at 1 a.m. but two hours later she had vanished, the LA Times reports.
"She basically is in shock right now," Capt. Kris Pitcher said at a news conference. The girl had cuts and bruises and in some footage appears to be barefoot and wearing different clothes, the LA Times reports.
Nicole told investigators at the hospital that she was held for nine or 10 hours in an abandoned house, AP reports. Police have recovered one of the two vehicles believed to be involved and are investigating several crime scenes, including a storage facility and the abandoned home.
Police are still looking for the two men who kidnapped the girl.
"We have a 10-year-old girl that's been traumatized here, she was forcibly taken from her home," Los Angeles police Capt. William Hayes said. "If these individuals are brazen enough to do that, I'm putting all the resources I have to make sure they don't do it again."
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