A forgotten Girl Scout trip led to some tense hours for a Turlock mom and an intense police search Thursday afternoon.
According to Police Capt. Mike Langston, the woman reported her 12-year-old daughter missing when she returned from work about noon and the girl, left with her grandfather, was gone. She had planned to meet a friend at a nearby park but never made it.
After investigators determined it was unlikely the girl was a runaway, about 25 officers started searching the neighborhood near the California State University, Stanislaus campus.
Police set up a command post and called in help, including a bloodhound, from other agencies.
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About three hours into the search, the mother remembered her daughter had a trip planned with her Girl Scout troop.
Police contacted the troop leader, who confirmed the girl was there.
“I told the officers, 99.99 percent of the time these turn out this way, the kid went to someone else’s house or something,” Langston said. “But for the .001 percent of cases in which it’s a truly critical missing person, we’ve got to respond like that. That’s what we do.”