Three minutes after a Cranston 10-year-old girl missing overnight was found Wednesday, an Amber Alert went out for an 11-year-old girl abducted in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The cases are unrelated, but in both, police credited the public with helping find the girls, who were apparently unharmed.
The Cranston case began Tuesday night, when detectives began looking for a girl last seen near Beeckman Avenue. After her photo was issued, “We received an outpouring of support and offers of assistance along with countless calls from the community,” a Cranston police news release said. The tips “were being followed up on all day long.”
In an email at about 9 p.m., Cranston Maj. Todd Patalano said the girl was waiting to be checked at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, and that a relative, searching on foot with police, had found her.
In Springfield, Massachusetts, Charlotte Moccia, 11, got off her bus at about 1:26 p.m. A man forced her into an older blue Honda Civic.
Massachusetts State Police issued an Amber Alert. They also posted a neighbor’s video from Tuesday showing the girl and the blue car nearby.
A motorist eastbound on the Massachusetts Turnpike, in the area of Sturbridge and Auburn, reported the car. Troopers converged. They stopped the car in a work zone and found Charlotte. The driver, Miguel Rodriguez, 24, was arrested.