UPDATED, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m.
The missing girl was declared a runaway by police.
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UPDATED, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.
Foot prints were found leading from the girl's home this morning, according to dispatcher reports, and it appeared she climbed out and left.
Calls placed to the girl's family asking for details on the dissappearence were not immediately returned.
A missing Murrieta girl was found by police today after a frantic morning search.
The 12-year-old girl was last seen at 10 p.m. Sunday by her parents, according to unconfirmed reports. Her parents called the police when they found her bed empty at 8 a.m.
The girl called home from a tailor's phone after 11 a.m. Two squad cars responded to the business, located off California Oaks Road and Jackson Avenue, and quickly found the girl.
Carl Betts, the girl's father, arrived minutes after the police. Betts held his daughter as she sobbed, "I just want to go home, daddy."
"We got her back, and that's the main thing for us," Betts said after buckling the girl into the back of his silver sedan.
Anna Jurado was working the cashier's counter at MSR Mexican Food when the girl came in asking to use a phone. She called a number but wasn't able to get through, Jurado said, and returned 15 minutes later to ask for some chips.
"She came in and I kind of figured there was something wrong," Jurado said. "She looked terrified."
Brian Rezaie, who runs Pompe Tailoring, the shop the girl called home from, said she was "shivering and shaking" when she asked to use the phone.
"She was crying, and it seemed like she had a problem," Rezaie said. "She was saying, 'I'm in the shopping center, I need a ride and someone has to come pick me up.'"
"She just seemed so hopeless," Rezaie said.