The child, 10-year-old Desiree Woodard, was located this morning just after 2 a.m. Law enforcement had concerns for her safety when relatives said Desiree last seen before dark Friday in the Irwin Street area of Cedartown. That prompted police to issue a missing child alert around 10:30 that night.
She was discovered walking up to her home on Fairview Street around 2:10 a.m.
On Saturday, Polk County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jamie Newsome said officers with the Polk County Police Department are now investigating the case.
"They still don't know where she was, who she was with or what she was doing, or even if she was with someone." Newsome said. The case, he said, has been turned over to Polk County investigators.
Details of her condition have not yet been released, though Newsome said she wasn't believed to have been injured.
"The focus for any missing child investigation is locating the child. Now that that's happened, we are focusing on where she was and what she was doing."
Woodard was inside her home interviewing with officers at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning
"We don't know right now if a crime has taken place or what. But we're going to get to the bottom of it," Newsome said.
Over 150 officers, volunteer fire fighters and Child Abduction Recovery Team members spent well over 10 hours Friday and Saturday trying to locate Woodard.
Newsome, who serves in missing child cases as the public information officer, said he was appreciative of all the help during the search effort. "Any time volunteers and citizens jump up and answer the call to help, that should be commended," Newsome said.
He was especially thankful for Tracy Sargent, a K9 handler out of Haralson County. "She came in and brought tracking dogs and helped us look for over seven hours," Newsome said.
He also wanted to thank Southside Baptist Church and Larry Owens. The church was in the process of being set up as a command center when Desiree was found. "The church was so willing to help with shelter as the weather turned bad. Larry came out in the middle of the night to open the doors to us and we are thankful for that."