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Missing LA Girl Found Safe

A crowd has gathered at Echo Park Lake to celebrate the news that a 4-year-old girl who disappeared from the park Sunday has been found safe.

Jessica Cortez was found shortly after 5 p.m. at St. John´s Well Child Center in Exposition Park.

As word of the girl´s safe return spread, the crowd cheered “Jessica, Jessica.” Los Angeles Mayor Hahn also came to the park, saying he´s “very relieved.” A staff member at the clinic called police after recognizing the child from news reports.

Jessica was with her parents and five-year-old brother at the park Sunday night when the family noticed she was missing at around 7:30 p.m.

LAPD Officer Jack Richter says Jessica was taken to Childrens Hospital for evaluation and a woman who had brought her to the clinic was taken into custody.