ST. CLOUD, Minn. - New details are being released after an Annandale girl who was reported as missing was found alive Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities say Aaliyah Christine Kazimer, 17, showed up in an area of Riverside Park and Munsinger Gardens and identified herself to a third party, who called her family -- days after police initiated a massive search to find her.
The St. Cloud Police Department said after multiple interviews with Kazimer, it was determined that there was nothing criminal regarding her disappearance.
Mike Kazimer, the teen's father, told KARE 11's Cory Hepola Thursday that he can finally sleep again.
"I got 20 minutes of sleep on Sunday evening," he said. "Each day it was worse and worse, because of the length of time and where the vehicle was found. It just didn't look good."
It was a simple "missing" poster that helped bring Kazimer home. Someone saw it hung up, spotted Kazimer, and called.
Kazimer told police she had been staying with a man in a house in St. Cloud and intentionally left her keys, wallet and phone in her vehicle, which was recovered at the park. She said she left on her own and had a number of opportunities to contact family to let them know where she was but chose not to.
Police say the man Kazimer was staying with did not know she was a juvenile and had been reported as missing. Neither the man or Kazimer were aware of the large scale search effort that was ongoing, as part of her missing person status.
Dozens of volunteers, the police department, the Sherburne County Sheriff's Department, the Minnesota DNR, the Anoka County Sheriff's Department and the Annandale Police Department were all involved in the investigation and search efforts after Kazimer was reported missing Sunday.
Police say because of the circumstances surrounding Kazimer's disappearance -- the abandoned vehicle, keys, phone, wallet and a Bloodhound track to the edge of the river -- authorities were focused on searching the river, using volunteers in kayaks, drones and boats.
"From the beginning we focused on this as a missing person's case," said St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton. "And the goal is to find the person, and find the person alive and well."
In an updated media release issued Thursday, the St. Cloud Police said, "There is a great deal of relief for everyone involved that this has been the outcome in this case."
Kazimer's father is perhaps more relieved than anyone else.
"We're so happy she's home and she's safe and healthy," he said.
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