The 10-year-old girl who was reported missing from Golden and later located at an apartment complex in Aurora was accidently taken to the area after hiding in a family friend’s vehicle, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon.
Details on how Madeleine Malloy had traveled nearly 27 miles from her home were initially on unclear, but investigators later learned she had secretly hid in a car, and got out once the vehicle was parked for the night.
Malloy was first reported missing at about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. She is believed to have run away from home after an argument with her parents, Jenny Fulton with sheriff's office said.
More than 10 agencies searched throughout the night, including the Golden Police Department, Arvada Police Department, the FBI, bloodhounds and a Flight for Flight helicopter, but were unable to find the young girl.
There were also long traffic backups near North Table Mountain as police staged checkpoints in the area Friday morning.
It wasn’t until about 7 a.m. that Malloy was found safe at an apartment complex in the 17000 block of East Stanford Avenue.
“She was found by a resident of the apartment complex, and she actually knocked on a door of a resident at the apartment complex, and she was hungry so they fed her and they called law enforcement,” Fulton said.
Fulton thanked the community for their help in searching for Malloy, including those who volunteered to help with the search.
Malloy is expected to be reunited with her family later in the day on Friday.
“Great news, and a wonderful outcome to what has been a struggle for the last 12 to 14 hours,” Fulton said.