An 11-year-old Edina girl was found after being reported missing on Monday, Oct. 28.
Edina residents received a “Code Red” alert via their cellphones Oct. 28 regarding the girl, missing from the West 56th Street and Brookview area.
The girl allegedly ran away from home around 3:10 p.m. after walking home from South View Middle School, where she attends sixth grade, according to Edina police. She had gotten into an argument with her mother and then left home.
The girl was found safe at 8 p.m. at the Best Buy in Richfield, according to police.
No foul play is suspected.
The Edina Police Department decided to send the Code Red alert to all Edina residents because she was a juvenile who had been missing for three hours and could have gone anywhere, Edina lead dispatcher Tony Martin said. She was found in Richfield, which meant she had walked for miles.
Edina has had the alert ability since 2007, but doesn’t often use it, he said.
The criteria the police department uses in deciding to send out an alert is if it’s a missing child who’s endangered or a missing vulnerable adult. Any missing child younger than 12 years old is considered endangered because they aren’t able to care for themselves, Martin said. Criteria also includes situations that involve evacuations of areas like hostages, bomb threats, hazardous materials like gas leaks. Use is decided on a case-by-case basis.
They can select to send the alert to everyone in Edina or to a specific geographical area around a specific location, he said.
The department was fielding calls from residents the morning following the Oct. 28 Code Red alert. Some residents were thankful they received the alert and said they were willing to help, and some residents were upset and asking to be taken off the notification list. Residents can request to be taken off the notification list, he added.
Authorities were willing to field the calls from upset residents the next day in the interest of finding the girl safe, he said.