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2-year-old Indianapolis girl found safe; investigation into disappearance continues

Jailee Latson was reported to be safe and with family Thursday evening.

INDIANAPOLIS — A 2-year-old Indianapolis girl is reportedly safe and back with her family more than 16 hours after she disappeared.

Jailee Latson was last seen on Thursday, July 7 in the 800 block of North Rural Street, near 10th Street, sometime around 4 a.m. Police spent the day Thursday investigating her disappearance, pleading with the public to help find the girl.

Shortly after 8 p.m., police told 13News the little girl was located and is safe. 

IMPD said earlier in the day it is undetermined if she walked away or if there is foul play involved and did not say who reported the child missing.

Thursday evening, IMPD posted video from a home security camera that shows a Hispanic woman who police believed had Jailee around 4 a.m. Thursday. The video was recorded in the 600 block of North Rural Street.

"Detectives are aware the video quality is not the best but are hopeful someone will recognize her," the department wrote in the Facebook post. "If you are the woman in this video, detectives would like to speak with you."

IMPD Missing Persons Detectives Seek Assistance in Identifying the Female in Surveillance Video Reference missing 2-year-old Jailee Latson, IMPD Missing Persons detectives are seeking community assistance in identify the woman in this surveillance video. Detectives believe Jailee is and/or was with this woman and she may have knowledge of Jailee’s whereabouts. The video was from the 600 block of N Rural St at about 4:00 am this morning. The woman is hispanic and appears to be holding a small child in the video. Detectives are aware the video quality is not the best but are hopeful someone will recognize her. If you are the woman in this video, detectives would like to speak with you. If you know you know anything, please call 911 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Our number one priority right now is locating Jailee safely. Case# IP220066405 #WeNeedYourHelp #MissingToddler

Posted by IMPD News on Thursday, July 7, 2022

A Silver Alert for Jailee was issued around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. It was canceled shortly after she was found. Jailee was checked by medics and returned to her family.

Credit: WTHR
This is an image of the search for Jailee Latson. The 2-year-old went missing in the 800 block of Rural Street on July 7.

In a release Friday, police said the woman in the video had found Jailee around 4 a.m. and had her the entire day. IMPD said detectives "believe Jailee was cared for by that woman all day." It is not yet clear why the woman did not call police or attempt to return Jailee before 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

13News has asked IMPD if there is a criminal investigation looking into the actions of the woman who had Jailee and are awaiting a response. IMPD did say in a release the investigation of Jailee's disappearance is active and ongoing.

Amber Alert vs. Silver Alert: What's the difference?            

There are specific standards a person's disappearance must meet in order for police to declare an Amber Alert or a Silver Alert.                                        

Amber Alerts are for children under the age of 18 who are believed to have been abducted and in danger. Police also need to have information about a suspect and their car to issue an Amber Alert.                                       

Silver Alerts are for missing and endangered adults or children. They are much more common for missing people. It was not until last year when the standards for Silver Alerts were expanded to include children.      

In both situations, these alerts must be issued by police.


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