The mother of a 5-year-old girl who vanished Wednesday told police she knew "lots of people" were looking for a missing child but didn't realize she was the focus of their concerns.
Dawn Drappeaux called her family about 2:30 a.m. Thursday to tell them her daughter, Yolanda Agulleta, was safe. The family then called police, who arranged a meeting with the mother and her child."We're just glad this is all worked out . . . and the little girl is OK," said Salt Lake Police Lt. John Hodson.
Drappeaux, 27, is transient and could not be located after the girl turned up missing from her bed sometime after midnight Wednesday. She later told police she entered the apartment and picked up her daughter without waking anyone else inside.
That Agulleta was reported missing from the Hartland Apartment complex just 10 days after Rosie Tapia, 6, was abducted from the same complex and drowned in the nearby Jordan River had relatives and neighbors fearing the worst.
More than 50 Neighborhood Watch volunteers searched for Agulleta throughout Wednesday, and homicide and sex crimes detectives compared notes about the two cases.
Like many Hartland Apartment residents, Rhonda Jarrett had opted to spend Wednesday watching her kids after Agulleta came up missing from the West Salt Lake complex.
"When I heard the little girl was missing I thought, `Here we go again,' " said Jarrett, who joined police and scores of volunteers in a daylong search for Agulleta. "We're scared for our kids, and we're tired of these things happening at our apartments."