Missing 5-Year-Old Oceanside Girl Found Safe

A 5-year-old Oceanside girl missing for four hours on Wednesday was found safe at home, police said just before 5 p.m.

The girl was found hiding in her home's garage, police said.

The Oceanside Police Department had launched the search for the girl when she was reported missing from the North County community. The search entailed search dogs and a helicopter scoping the area surrounding the neighborhood.

Police said the little girl went missing from the area of Douglas/Vandegrift and the family cat had also disappeared.

Police said the girl was last seen at 12:30 p.m. by her brother at their home in the 1100 block of Parkview. Her brother was caring for her, police said.

Police reported her "safe and sound" just before 5 p.m.

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