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Missing 5-year-old Ashland girl missing for over 24 hours found safe

Police concerned for child's well-being, but foul play not suspected
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Posted at 9:00 AM, Apr 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-09 12:25:25-04

ASHLAND, Va. -- Police said a 5-year-old Ashland girl who had been missing for more than 24 hours has been found safe Friday.

"Aryiah Ross returned to Ashland safe," Ashland Oolice said in an email just after noon Friday. "She will be reunited with responsible parties."

Police said Aryiah was reported around 9:40 p.m. Thursday, but that she had not been seen since Wednesday around 7 p.m.

Officials said the girl was last seen with Crystal Pitman, who officers said may be driving a silver four-door Ford Focus with Virginia tags.

"Although there is no foul play indicated, her family and the Ashland Police Department are concerned for her well-being given the amount of time that has transpired," police said.

Officers thanked the FBI Richmond Child Exploitation Task Force, Henrico County Division of Police, Virginia State Police as well as Hanover County Services and the Hanover County Sheriff's Office for their help with the case.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the Ashland Police Department at 804-730-6140.

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