Missing 12-year-old Petaluma girl 'located,' police say

Petaluma police asked for the public's help in finding 12-year-old Sydney Fischer who went missing May 1, 2023.

A 12-year-old who had run away from her Petaluma home, prompting a police search on Monday, has been found, according to authorities. 

Petaluma police said that Sydney Fischer was found by a family member around 1:25 p.m. and returned home, hours after she had been last seen by her mother. 

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Petaluma police are asking for the public's help in finding a 12-year-old girl who went missing Monday morning.

Sydney Fischer was last seen by her mom at 7:30 a.m. and did not arrive at school, police said. A note was later found indicating she had run away.

Sydney doesn't have a history of running away, authorities said, and is considered at risk due to her age.

She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds, and has red hair. She was last seen wearing a green or purple Girl Scout hoodie and shorts, police said.

If you have any information or have seen Sydney, please call the Petaluma Police Department at (707)778-4372

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