Missing 7-year-old found and reunited with her family in Carbondale

Carbondale Police Department officials say a missing 7-year-old, Patrice, has been found and has been reunited with her family after disappearing the day before.
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (KWQC) - UPDATE 2:26 p.m.: Patrice has been found and has been reunited with her family according to Carbond Police Department officials.

They say that around 1:45 p.m., she as found by Carbondale City employees who were involved in the search for her in the 1500 block of North Marion Street extension in the city.

"Patrice was reunited with her family and then transported to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale to very her well-being," police said on Facebook. "The investigation is continuing and ongoing."

ORIGINAL: Police are asking for the community's help in locating a missing 7-year-old girl from Carbondale, Illinois.

Police with the department say 7-year-old Patrice D. Dotson was reported missing after she was last seen Monday evening around 6 p.m.

Police describe Dotson as being 4'00", weighing about 70 pounds and she has brown eyes and braided black hair with multi-colored beads.

She was last seen wearing gray shorts, a white shirt and pink shoes.

Police believe she is on foot in the Carbondale area.

"Dotson has a mental development disability and is sometimes non-verbal," police said on Facebook.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200.