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Family members thankful 3-year-old Noriyah King was found safely

Posted at 5:18 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 20:35:19-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Family members of 3-year-old Noriyah King were relieved to hear she had been found safe Friday morning after disappearing overnight.

Carl Bowman, Noriyah's great uncle, said he was at the scene near 38th Street and Highland Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri since 5 a.m.

"I don't know where she's at, I haven't seen her, but right now my emotions are going crazy because she is alive and I know that, and I thank God," Bowman said.

Kansas City, Missouri Police said the little girl disappeared after being seen around 7 p.m. Thursday.

Police used K9's and drones to search the area. Around 11:15 a.m. police learned Noriyah was at a home in Kansas City where she was safe.

KCPD said Noriyah's mother was taken into custody as a child endangerment investigation was underway.

She was released Friday evening after police found "no elements of any criminal activity."

Family members exchanged hugs and gathered in a prayer circle after learning Noriyah was found safe.

"I thank God for bringing her home safely and whoever had her and kept her safe at whatever house it was, I want to say thank you," Bowman said.

Bowman said he wasn't sure when he would be able to see Noriyah, but it's a moment he can't wait for.

"I'm probably going to go crazy," Bowman said. "Right now I'm trying to hold my emotions in, but when I see her it's all coming out, it's all coming out."