12-year-old Lake County girl found after missing child alert

Joscelyn Delong was picked up from school by unknown female, officials say

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A 12-year-old girl reported missing from Lake County has been found safe in South Florida, according to Mount Dora officials.

Mount Dora Police will interview her and release more information later.

Check back for updates.


A Florida missing child alert has been issued for a 12-year-old Lake County girl who might be with a female who picked her up from school.

Joscelyn Delong was last seen Monday in the 1400 block of East Lincoln Avenue in Mount Dora wearing dark blue skinny jeans, a lime green long-sleeved shirt, and black and white Converse shoes, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

A Mount Dora Police Department spokeswoman said an unknown female picked up Delong from Mount Dora Middle School at 9:05 a.m. Monday. A Lake County Schools official described the unknown female as a non-custodial parent.

The girl is not believed to be in danger.

Authorities initially said Delong and the female with long dark hair might be traveling in a teal-colored van. The teal-colored van was found at a residence in Leesburg Monday afternoon but Delong was not found, police said. 

The FDLE did not provide any additional information on the female's age or if there's any relationship between her and the missing girl.

Delong is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 105 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information concerning her whereabouts is asked to call the Mount Dora Police Department at 352-735-7130 or 911. 

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