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Missing Fort Worth girl found safe; person of interest detained

Brendaly Martinez, 6, of Fort Worth was found safe Saturday afternoon after a search that lasted about five hours. She had gone missing from her home overnight.
Brendaly Martinez, 6, of Fort Worth was found safe Saturday afternoon after a search that lasted about five hours. She had gone missing from her home overnight.

After hours of searching by police, a 6-year-old Fort Worth girl who went missing overnight Friday was found safe Saturday afternoon.

A person of interest who police said had tried to hide when officers found the girl was detained for questioning. Officer Jimmy Pollozani, a police spokesman, indicated Saturday night that detectives were still investigating and that police would issue a statement when more information became available.

Brendaly Martinez was found just before 2 p.m. in a wooded area at Titus Paulsel Park, a few blocks from the family’s home in the 3500 block of Avenue K, in the Polytechnic area. Police had been looking for her since responding to a call to the home at 4:47 a.m.

A resident helped lead searchers to Brendaly after hearing screams coming from the wooded area and calling 911.

There were no visible injuries on the girl, but she was taken to a hospital to be checked, police said.

At around 10 p.m. Friday, Brendaly’s parents had locked up the house and gone to bed with their daughter on the couch. When her father woke up around 4 a.m., the front door was open and she was nowhere to be found.

Detectives were trying to determine if the girl left the home on her own or was taken.

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