ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police say they found a 5-year-old girl who went missing while reportedly in the care of her father while he was intoxicated.
Albuquerque police issued an endangered missing alert for 5-year-old Oreyana Clinton, who was reportedly last seen December 5 with her father as they tried to board a bus on 51st and Central. However, police say they weren’t able to get on because the dad was so intoxicated.
The father later showed up at a southeast Albuquerque shelter and was reportedly unable to recount what happened or where he last saw her.
According to news release sent by an APD spokesperson around 9:23 a.m. Tuesday, the girl, Oreyana Clinton, was “safely located on a bus in Albuquerque.” No further details were provided about when the girl was located.
“This remains an ongoing investigation,” said Rebecca Atkins of APD’s Public Information Office. “Further updates will be provided as they are available.”
The Amber Alert was sent out by New Mexico State Police Tuesday morning, roughly four-and-a-half hours after the girl was first reported “endangered and missing” by APD. Albuquerque Police say the girl was reported missing after her dad showed up to the HOPOB shelter at Gibson and University Blvd, drunk, without the girl. It’s unclear when that initial report was made.
APD says the girl’s dad did not know where he last saw her or what happened. According to police, the girl and her dad were seen together at 51st and Central Ave trying to board a city bus. APD says “due to the father’s state of intoxication, he was denied access to the city bus.”
This is a developing news story. This post will be updated.