Missing girl found by neighbor at shopping plaza
The search for a missing ten-year-old Indianapolis girl is over.
Police say Tatyana Staten was found by a neighbor outside the Kroger store in Devington Plaza off Arlington Avenue Sunday morning.
Staten was found in the same clothes she was wearing Friday when she ran away after getting in trouble at school, according to Indianapolis Metro Police.
The girl's disappearance launched a community effort to find her. Members of a local church were ecstatic to hear the news that Tatyana had been found safe.
Sunday mornings at Praise and Worship Ministries are often focused on what's important to congregation members.
"It clicked in my mind to ask for prayer," said Wydeke Williams.
Williams goes to the same school as Tatyana Staten.
"I want her to be okay and all right, and I want her family to keep loving her and never let her out of her sight anymore," said Williams.
Police say Tatyana was found just a few hundred feet away from the worship space.
"We were just overwhelmed with joy. This is the third day. On the third day Jesus rose. And we thank God that she is safe and not harmed and she is okay," said member Renee Maxwell.
Tatyana Staten was found in the same shopping center were business leaders have been looking for her since she went missing Friday.
After being found by a neighbor walking outside the Devington Kroger, police say that person took the ten-year-old to her house. Police then took her to Community Hospital East.
Staten was treated for minor symptoms of hypothermia. Detectives aren't sure where she had been staying since running away Friday.
"We want to know everything. Where did she go Friday? Had she been with someone? We are trying to piece that together. That may take time," said Officer Kendale Adams with IMPD.
"I hope she gets better in the hospital and never gets lost ever again," added Williams.
Detectives tell Eyewitness News they did not request an Amber Alert because of the requirements that are associated with an alert.
Amber Alerts are approved and activated by a function of the Indiana State Amber Alert and not IMPD.
Several agencies including the Indianapolis Fire Department along with members of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children helped look for Tatyana Staten.