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Missing 2-year-old girl walked up to porch located 1/4-1/2 mile from campsite, police say

Posted: 6:17 PM, Jul 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-16 20:23:48-04

2-year-old Gabriella Vitale, who was missing for 24 hours in northern Michigan, has been found alive, per Michigan State Police.

Police say she was found a quarter to a half mile west of the campsite she wandered away from. She reportedly walked up to a porch – people in the home knew she was missing and called police right away. Police say Gabriella has autism and doesn't respond to people the same way other 2-year-olds would.

Police and family were combing the campsite in Oscoda County. Authorities had been searching in a wooded area near M-33 on Reber Road in Comins Township. Her family told authorities they had been camping for the past week and were preparing to leave when they lost track of the toddler.

This article was originally published by WXYZ .