11-year-old girl found after leaving east Charlotte home overnight, police confirm

CHARLOTTE — An 11-year-old girl who is on the autism spectrum was found Tuesday morning after she was reported missing from an east Charlotte neighborhood overnight, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police confirm.

Police said Katoria Perry walked away from her home at about 1 a.m. Tuesday. Officers were looking for her on Bradstreet Commons Way, near the intersection of Harrisburg Road and Robinson Church Road.

Just before 6:45 a.m., police said she had been found and was reuniting with her family.

At the scene, Channel 9′s Anthony Kustura could see police urgently looking for Perry. Her mother spoke with Kustura and told him she was desperate for her daughter, who goes by “Tori,” to return home. She said Perry is on the autism spectrum and is nonverbal.

A Charlotte Fire Department engine was on scene and CFD crews were helping CMPD with its its investigation. Kustura also saw drones the police department launched to help find Perry.

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