A girl who New Mexico State Police issued an Amber Alert for Monday morning was found safe later in the day north of Carlsbad.
Riley Anderson, 7, was found unharmed near Brantley Lake and released to her mother, according to a message posted on the Facebook page of the Carlsbad Police Department.
New Mexico State Police had issued the alert in the morning after the girl did not show up at school and after attempts to contact her stepfather Luke Talley, 25, had proven unsuccessful.
Authorities were able to ping Talley’s cellphone to the vicinity of Brantley Lake, and located Talley’s vehicle nearby, according to police.
Police did not disclose whether Talley had been found and the department’s public information officer could not be reached for comment Monday before press deadline.
The press release issued by the state police stating that Anderson had gone missing said Talley was believed to be driving a 2012 white Chevy Silverado with a yellow New Mexico license plate.
The last known location of the vehicle was on Rockin R Red Road, five miles off U.S. Highway 285 between Carlsbad and Artesia.
Before Anderson was found it was believed that Talley might have been heading to Cloudcroft or Ruidoso with her.
Carlsbad Police are continuing to investigate the case and anyone with information that could be relevant is asked to contact Carlsbad police at 575-885-2111, according to the Facebook post.
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