SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An 8-year-old Springfield girl is back in her mother's arms after a frantic search Tuesday morning. It all happened at the Bolivar Road Apartments. The complex is at 2336 N. Bolivar Road, just east of Kansas Expressway.
Springfield police started looking for Rosalee Clark after she was reported missing around 1:45AM. Police say she was last seen about an hour before, when a neighbor, who was watching Rosalee, allowed her to walk home, two buildings away. Police say Rosalee's mother was taking someone to the hospital and asked a neighbor to watch her daughter.
A Greene County deputy found the girl shortly after 10:00 a.m. She was two doors down from the apartment she reportedly left in the middle of the night. A Springfield police officer had knocked on the same door earlier in the search, but no one answered. The woman who lives there says she never heard a knock during the night.
The woman says her kids let Rosalee inside in the middle of the night, and she didn't know. She says she was asleep until after 9:00 this morning, saw the missing child alert, then realized Rosalee was there. She says she panicked and didn't know what to do. Shortly after, police knocked on her door.
Lt. Tony Vienhage with the Springfield Police Department says Rosalee is unharmed and is not the girl officers saw on surveillance video at the apartments. That security video showed a man carrying a girl on his back around the same time Rosalee disappeared.
Lt. Vienhage says detectives will do a full investigation, but he does not expect any charges at this point.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol did not issue an Amber Alert.