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FBI joins search for missing 10-year-old Northridge girl

March 27, 2013|By Kate Mather

The FBI joined the search Wednesday for a 10-year-old girl who disappeared from her Northridge home overnight, a spokeswoman confirmed.

Los Angeles police said Nicole Ryan's mother told authorities she saw her daughter in her bedroom about 1 a.m. Wednesday, but when she checked on her about two hours later, the girl was gone.

Authorities searched the home in the 8800 block of Oakdale Avenue and canvassed the neighborhood but have not found the girl.

Los Angeles police Capt. Daryl Russell told KTTV there were no indications of "any issues inside the house," such as an argument that might have prompted the girl to run away.

"But at the same time, there's no indication there's any foul play whatsoever at this point," he said. "We're conducting a thorough investigation. We're trying to locate Nicole and we're asking for the public's help."

The FBI will help with the investigation, an agency spokeswoman said.

Nicole Ryan is about 4-feet-11, weighs about 100 pounds and has red hair, Russell said. Authorities ask anyone with information to call 911.


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