Missing girl found alive - Amber Alert canceled

By Heartland News & Holly Brantley

LOUISIANA, MO (KFVS) - Authorities say a 4-year-old Missouri girl missing for more than 24 hours has been found alive more than 70 miles from home.

St. Louis County police dispatcher Paul Jackson says Alisa Maier was found late Tuesday in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton. Jackson says the girl was found after police received a call about a boy wandering around at a car wash. It turned out the child was Alisa.

Police and FBI did not immediately have additional details.

Police continue to search for the man suspected of snatching Alisa from the front yard of her Louisiana, Mo., home.

She and her six-year-old brother were playing about 8 p.m. Monday. The boy told police a man he didn't know pulled up in a car and ordered his sister to get in.

Police are searching for the dark-colored sedan that Alisa's brother reported was used in the abduction, and that witnesses saw around the car wash in Fenton. Harrison urged the suspect to turn himself in.

Alisa was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Just last week authorities in Johnston City found themselves at the center of an Amber Alert situation.  Police say Brooke Burnett took her four-year-old son from Hamilton County.  Burnett did not have custody of the child.  She's from Johnston City and authorities believed she could be headed there.

Several hours later, authorities found Burnett in Washington County, Illinois. Assistant Police Chief, Marcus Reed says networking was key to finding Burnett. He says the Amber Alert allows all the small departments to become one massive force.

"It's much easier to find a missing child now than it was before the system," said Reed. "The alerts come through our computer and everyone else's computer across departments and across states. That way we are all on the same page."

Burnett now faces abduction charges. The little boy was placed in the care of relatives.

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