Missing girl shows up in clinic

Thursday, August 15, 2002

MissingLos Angeles girl found at clinic

Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- Almost two days after her disappearance triggered a citywide search, 4-year-old Jessica Cortez walked into a Los Angeles clinic and was quickly reunited with her parents.

The head of the clinic where she appeared described her as barefoot, disheveled and confused, but said she did not bear any visible signs of injury.

Police arrested a woman who walked with her into the clinic but offered few details about what role she may have had in the child's disappearance.

News that Jessica was alive was greeted with cheers of relief in the Echo Park district of the city, where the search by hundreds of officers, divers and FBI agents was directed.

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