Missing Woodstock child returns home safely

A child was reported missing to the Woodstock Police Department early Friday morning and found when she returned to the residence at 7:30 a.m., according to a news release.

Angela Clem, interim town manager of Woodstock, said the child went to bed around 10 p.m. Thursday. At 3 a.m. Friday morning, a parental figure called authorities to alert them of the child’s absence.

As of Friday afternoon, no arrests have been made related to the case, Clem said.

During search efforts, the Woodstock Police Department released a post via Facebook that said the child was believed to be in danger and possibly in the company of a male, and may have been in a late model white Honda two-door sedan.

Lt. Aaron Pattie of the Woodstock Police Department verified the post, saying the facts within the post were believed to be correct at the time. He neither confirmed nor denied their accuracy as of Friday evening.

The police department will issue a news release pertinent to the investigation early next week, Pattie said.

Authorities with the Woodstock Police Department, the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, Shenandoah County Public Safety Divisions and the Virginia State Police participated in the search.

Clem said the investigation is ongoing.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com