Bellingham Police find missing child after less than an hour search

Rose Garcia
Rose Garcia Bellingham Police Department

A 4-year-old girl was found safe less than an hour after she was reported missing from her home Wednesday morning.

Bellingham Police tweeted at 9:14 a.m that Rose Garcia was missing from an apartment near 804 W. Bakerview Road – she was reported missing about 8:25 a.m.

According to police radio conversations, officers were searching a field north of the location and considering an Amber Alert when Garcia was located moments later. She was at a neighboring apartment, said Bellingham Police Lt. Danette Beckley.

She is also known as “Emma,” police said in the tweet.

In the 9:14 a.m. tweet on the department’s official Twitter account, police attached a photo and description of Garcia. Almost immediately, officers at the scene were told by a helicopter pilot that he could see someone matching Garcia’s description.

“The child has been found,” an officer said over the radio, and police tweeted that information minutes later.

Garcia’s condition and the reason for her disappearance weren’t immediately known. Medical personnel were not dispatched to the location. A police department tweet said she was “safe.”

Beckley said every Belligham patrol officer on duty and six detectives joined the search.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty