ASHTABULA — A 6-year-old girl reported missing Tuesday was found shortly after an Amber Alert was sent out in the afternoon, Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said.
The Ashtabula City Police Department issued the Amber Alert for Brooklyn Ski Vance, who was taken by her non-custodial grandmother, Connie Nelson.
“She is safe and unharmed,” Stell said.
Stell said the child’s mother was out of town and the girl was staying with her aunt at their Spencer Avenue home. While the aunt was sleeping the child’s grandmother, who was also staying at the home but who lives in Las Vegas, decided to leave with the child.
“When the aunt woke she found the child gone and all her clothes missing,” Stell said.
She called police to report the child missing at about 11 a.m. Tuesday. The family had some concern Nelson might take her back to Las Vegas.
The Amber Alert was issued in the afternoon to make sure airports and cab companies were aware of the situation.
Stell said police received three accurate tips within 15 minutes of the Amber Alert being issued and Nelson and Vance were found walking on Lake Road near Ninevah Road.
“We want to thank the public for assisting us, that’s how we were able to recover the girl so quickly,” he said, adding “we can’t be more pleased with the outcome”
Police are still looking into why the grandmother took the child and charges could be filed. Stell said according to the family it is possible “mental issues may have played a role.”