Missing 9-year-old girl found safe

Tavares police say girl was at friend's house

Iyana Taylor.
Iyana Taylor.

TAVARES, Fla. – A missing 9-year-old girl was found safe Wednesday morning in Lake County, according to authorities.

Tavares police said Iyana Taylor, who had last been seen around 5 p.m. Tuesday near Wooton Park in downtown Tavares, was staying at a friend's house.

The Tavares Police Department searched for the girl throughout the night with the assistance of the Lake County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit and helicopter. 

A reverse 911 call was sent to Tavares residents at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, and Lake County residents were informed about the situation about two hours later, police said.

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