Missing Joppa girl ran away to avoid going back to school

A Joppa girl was quickly found Wednesday after leaving home before daybreak so she would miss the first day of school.

Around 6:45 a.m. the 12-year-old's parents went to wake her up for the first day of school, only to discover she wasn't in bed, according to Monica Worrell, public information specialist with the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The parents reported the girl missing from her home in the 900 block of Pulaski Highway in the Joppa area around 7:50 a.m. the same day.

The sheriff's office launched a search that included deputies, Baltimore County air support and a Maryland State Police dog, Worrell said.

Deputies soon touched base with Baltimore County police, who found a girl around 5 a.m. in the 1100 block of Pulaski Highway in White Marsh. The girl found by Baltimore County police was the same 12-year-old reported missing in Harford County.

The girl was uninjured and in good health when she was found, Worrell said.

"She stated she ran away some time before daybreak because she didn't want to go back to school," Worrell said.

The girl attends Harford County Public Schools.

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