HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - It was an emotional reunion at the Fallbrook Ranch Apartments on Thursday afternoon as a missing 11-year-old girl was returned to her family.
Nekedria Collins had been missing for more than 16 hours.
Relatives said the sixth grader ran away after getting in a fight with her mother on Wednesday night about being grounded. The family became increasingly worried when the child never returned.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies used a helicopter and K-9 units to search for Nekedria but could not find her. Loved ones also scoured the area and posted missing persons fliers.
Authorities said it was a “good Samaritan” who put an end to the desperate search. The alert citizen apparently spotted the child nearby and called deputies right away. We still don’t know exactly where the child was found.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the person who located Nekedria had not seen any media reports about the missing child.
Deputies brought her home to her family around 3 p.m.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” said mother Frankie Collins. “Just to be able to see her and know she’s okay and give her a hug and kiss her and let her know I love her.”
The child’s father, who does not live with Nekedria, blamed the mother and her boyfriend for what happened. Dickey Collins had been out in the north Harris County community searching for his daughter all night long.
“I’m relieved and pissed off at the same time,” explained Dickey Collins. “There’s more going on here than ya’ll know about.”
The families of the mother and father began arguing shortly after the tearful reunion.
Dickey Collins said he wanted to seek custody of his daughter. It’s still unclear where the child is going to be living in the future.