Missing Aurora girl found safe
March 8, 2013 8:01AM
Twelve-year-old Hazel Maria Gonzales of Oswego is missing after being dropped off at her grandmother's residence at 319 Cedar Street in Aurora on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Updated: March 9, 2013 11:05AM
A 12-year-old Aurora girl who went missing Thursday has been found safe, Aurora police said.
The girl, a student at Jefferson Middle School, turned up Friday evening, according to police.
Hazel Maria Gonzales was last seen by a family member at around 7 a.m. Thursday, after apparently leaving her grandmother’s home in the 300 block of Cedar Street, on Aurora’s near West Side.
The girl recently moved to the 100 block of Harbor Drive in Oswego, but attends Jefferson Middle School in Aurora, police said. Hazel’s mother dropped her off at the relative’s home at around 6:15 a.m. Thursday so the relative could take the girl to school.
At around 7:40 a.m., it was discovered that Hazel was no longer in the Cedar Street home and at about 10 a.m., Hazel’s mother was advised by school administrators that she had not shown up at school.
Family members searched for the girl and when they were unable to find her, they contacted Aurora police, city spokesman Dan Ferrelli said.
The girl had apparently not gone missing before, Ferrelli said.
Ferrelli said on Friday it was possible the girl may have been with some “high school-aged subjects in the area.”