Missing 11-year-old Franklin County girl back home after being found in woods


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on October 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 8:38 PM

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) – An 11-year-old girl who went missing in Washington, Missouri on Thursday was found in a wooded area near her home.

Deputies said the girl, Maria Huber, was discovered close to 3 p.m. in a dry creek near at the intersection of Jones Road and Old Highway 100, which is located near the Ming Estates subdivision.

Firefighters and EMS personnel responded to the scene and initially determined Huber did not have a pulse, leading authorities to believe she was dead.

Bug Huber regained consciousness moments later and deputies called an ambulance. She was transported to Mercy Hospital in Washington. Hospital officials said she was in good condition.

Investigators believe she fell down into the woods sometime overnight and was extremely cold.

Deputies said she ran away sometime Thursday morning, but it was not known if she was with anyone else at any point.

According to police, Huber went missing from her home in the 950 block of Prairie View.

The parents told authorities Huber went to bed around 9 p.m. Wednesday. But when they went in her room about 6 a.m. Thursday, the girl was gone and her alarm clock had been set for 2 a.m.

According to the parents, the child had been upset over a disagreement she had with them earlier in the week.

Deputies said while they initially thought she may have run away from home, they were afraid she may have gone in to the woods alone or is with someone dangerous.

Huber was released from the hospital close to 6 p.m. Thursday evening. She is expected to be okay.