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U.P. Sheriff’s Department says missing 4-year-old with autism is found

Mackinac County Sheriff's Department
Madison Yale, 4, has been missing since Monday. Police in Mackinac County said Tuesday that they're searching for her.

UPDATED: Tuesday, Aug. 17, 5:15 p.m.

The Mackinac County sheriff's department said Tuesday afternoon that a child who had been missing since Monday had been found.

Madison Yale, a 4-year-old girl with autism who left home with no shoes, was "eating cookies with the rescuers," the sheriff's department said in a Facebook post.

Police and volunteers had been searching for her in the woods near her Engadine home.

The Mackinac County sheriff's department did not say where the child was found, but they did say she "is doing well."

Original story below:

Police in Mackinac County are searching for a missing child who they say was last seen playing in her yard on Monday afternoon in Engadine.

The county sheriff’s office said Tuesday that 4-year-old Madison Yale, who has autism, does not communicate verbally and likely would not respond to her name.

Police said the girl was last seen wearing a pink shirt, blue dress and no shoes. She’s about 3 feet 6 inches tall.

Search crews looked for Madison through the night, the sheriff’s department said, and police asked anyone who sees a child matching her description to call 911.

Brett joined WCMU in February, 2021, as a general assignment reporter. He was previously the health reporter at WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, N.Y., and has filed stories for National Public Radio, IEEE Spectrum, The Village Voice and other outlets.