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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 4:01 pm | Updated: 8:25 am, Sat Jul 20, 2013.

Updated 6:40 p.m.: FAIRBANKS - An 8-year-old North Pole girl missing for about 18 hours was found safe Friday afternoon at a Fairbanks shelter, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Makayla Lady was last seen at 11 p.m. Thursday at her North Pole home, which is in the area of Marigold Road and Badger Road.

Troopers say the girl walked away from the home. Her parents last saw her when she was wearing pajamas.

Four teams of dogs and handlers from the Fairbanks PAWS search and rescue unit were been called to the area Friday afternoon. An Alaska Wildlife Trooper was flying the community in a trooper helicopter, and two trooper investigators were on the scene, according to a trooper news release.

No other information was immediately available about the girl’s recovery. It was not clear how she ended up at the Fairbanks shelter, how long she had been there, or which shelter it was.

Troopers said Friday afternoon, when asking for the public’s help to find the child, that they had received reports of at least two possible sightings of the girl. In those reports, a girl was reported to be wearing a brown sweater and carrying a pink purse while walking alone in the area of Badger Road, near of Bradway Road and Becky Lane, early Friday.

A trooper news release Friday evening said the agency received a tip that the girl was at the shelter.

The case did not prompt troopers to issue an Amber Alert.

The Amber Alert system is triggered when authorities have reason to believe a child age 17 or younger has been kidnapped or that they believe the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death, according to troopers.

When an Alaska agency decides an Amber Alert is warranted, officials at the Alaska Division of Emergency Services are notified and initiate an alert through the statewide Emergency Alert System. Information is then broadcast to all radio and television stations and to GCI Cable. Stations then broadcast the information every half-hour for two hours, then once per hour for the next three hours, according to a summary of the system provided by troopers.

Contact managing editor Rod Boyce at 459-7585. Follow him on Twtter: @FDNMeditor.


UPDATED 5:35 P.M.: According to Alaska State Troopers, the missing child has been found.


FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers are asking the public’s help in locating a missing North Pole child.

Makayla Lady, age 8, was last seen at 11 p.m. Thursday at her North Pole home, which is in the area of Marigold Road and Badger Road.

Her parents last saw her when she was wearing pajamas. Troopers this afternoon say they have received reports of at least two possible sightings of the girl early Friday morning. In those reports, the girl was reported to be wearing a brown sweater and carrying a pink purse while walking alone in the area of Badger Road.

Makayla Lady is 4 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 50 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes.

Four teams of dogs and handlers from the Fairbanks PAWS search and rescue unit have been called to the area and are searching in the area of Bradway and Becky Lane off Badger Road. An Alaska Wildlife Trooper is flying the surrounding area in an trooper helicopter, and two trooper investigators are on the scene, according to a trooper news release.

Troopers ask that residents in the area search their property and any outbuildings such as sheds or treehouses.

“Fairbanks was kind of cold and rainy last night,” trooper spokesman Megan Peters said. “Just because she left by herself doesn’t mean she wasn’t picked up.

“We just want to find her safe,” she said.

Anyone having contact or information regarding Makayla Lady is asked to contact troopers in Fairbanks at 451-5100 and reference case No. AK13052496 or to contact the Alaska Bureau of Investigation Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-478-9333 or 907-269-5497.

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