ST. CLOUD, Minn. - A missing Annandale girl has been located alive after showing up Wednesday afternoon in an area of Riverside Park and Munsinger Gardens and identifying herself to a third party, police said.
Police aren't saying much more about where Aaliyah Christine Kazimer, 17, has been since she was last seen Saturday. Her family has been notified, and Kazimer was being interviewed by police and checked out by medical personnel.
She showed up on St. Cloud's east side at the base of efforts to find her after she was reported missing Sunday to St. Cloud police.
"I cried ugly tears of joy," said her cousin Melissa Goldsmith, who had been searching the area when Kazimer returned. "It was as surreal as when she went missing."
Aaliyah Kazimer's family says a "nice man" spotted her wandering less than a mile from the location where her car was found in St. Cloud. pic.twitter.com/crIe86b56o— Adrienne Broaddus (@abroaddus) May 18, 2017
"Elated" and "ecstatic" were words she used to describe her emotions upon learning the Kazimer was found alive. The questions of where she was and what happened to her can wait for another day, she said.
"All of that is going to come out in the wash," Goldsmith said. "Now I'm just relieved for her family and for everyone that's been working to find her. The intense emotions, I just can't even beging to describe."
Volunteers had donned waders and searched the shoreline of the Mississippi River south of the park. People used kayaks and small boats to search the shores of nearby islands.
The search had focused on the river and the park since a bloodhound tracked scent from Kazimer's abandoned vehicle to the banks of the river.
Kazimer was last seen Saturday at a home on Stearns County Road 120 in St. Cloud.