Missing 11-year-old girl found

December 17, 2010 10:27:33 AM PST
Police are questioning a man in the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl who was found in his South Side apartment.

The girl's says her granddaughter has been released from the hospital and that she appears to be OK.

Police say the 11-year-old went missing Saturday night from her apartment. Authorities put out flyers with her picture. According to sources, the girl fell asleep on a train and woke up to a man asking her if she needed money for a bus. But she ended up at his apartment in the 6100-block of South University and was housed there for three days.

Early Wednesday morning, she reached out to family members from a land line, and they traced the number back to the man's address and apartment. A community activist told her to flash the lights in the room so they could find her.

"Once we found out she was positively on the third floor, I contacted the Chicago Police Department right away," said activist Andrew Holmes. "They came. We sat there and tried to figure out which apartment she was in. I asked her to flick the lights on and off, which she did. Once we made entrance into the apartment complex, the Chicago Police Department went up to the third floor. I went up the stairwell. Upon us arriving up there, we did hear a conversation in there, and the Chicago Police Department successfully made entrance to that apartment. We successfully obtained the 11-year-old, brought her outside."

The man in his 50s is in custody but has not yet been charged. Sources say he was found wearing just a robe.