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Girl makes courageous getaway

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl missing for three days made a daring escape from her abductor Saturday, police said.

The girl's disappearance Thursday a few blocks from her home had stirred memories of another girl's disappearance eight months earlier from a bus stop about two miles away. Police say they found no evidence of a link between the two cases.

Midsi Sanchez had her hands restrained in her abductor's vehicle but was able to free herself, bolt from the car and flag down a passing truck driver in Santa Clara, a police spokesman said Saturday.

"She did all the right things. Her instincts were very good for an 8-year-old," said Anton Morec, a spokesman for the police department in Santa Clara, about 70 miles south of the girl's Vallejo home.

Authorities said they had strong leads but hadn't arrested anybody in connection with the girl's disappearance.

Sanchez was being examined at an area hospital for injuries and was to be reunited with her parents late Saturday.