NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A little girl who got separated from her family on the L train in Brooklyn was found safe in Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, police sources tell CBS2.
9-year-old Klara Alston was separated from her family at the Sutter Avenue station in Brooklyn.
Police and the family spent all day searching for her.
Sources tell CBS2 Klara was found around 5 p.m. at St Catherine’s Park on the Upper East Side.
Two good Samaritans saw the child wandering the park and called 911, sources said.
After seeing her clothing matched the description made available after she went missing, sources say the responding officers arranged a FaceTime call with Klara’s parents who confirmed her identification.
As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, Klara is usually dropped off at her uncle’s house by her 11-year-old brother — they take the L train to the Sutter Avenue stop and walk together.
But Tuesday, Klara’s stepmom says she got off the stop by herself while her brother continued on his way.
“I guess he was running late for school because he goes to summer school and he drops her off at the uncle’s house before he goes to summer school,” Tonya DeCaule said.
The 9-year-old was in good health when she was found. An ice cream vendor was there when police arrived.
“I see the police got the little girl over there and they take her with him, that’s all I know,” Peter Floros said.
How the girl traveled by train to the Upper East Side is still unclear, but now she is safe with her family.