Nakayla Baskin, missing since Sept. 24, has been found safe

Nakayla Baskin, missing since Sept. 24, has been found safe
Missing 11-year-old girl found safe
Nakayla Baskin, the 11-year-old Ottawa girl missing since late September, has been found safe, Ottawa police say.

Baskin was found at around 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, the police service said, after officers received a tip and paid a visit to an address in the city's east end.

Officers visited an address in the east end of the city, Wednesday around 11:35 a.m., acting on a tip from the public, where they located the 11-year-old girl.

She had been missing since packing a bag and walking out of her family's Carlington home early on the morning of Sept. 25.

Ottawa police said major crime investigators are still looking into any potential criminal aspects to the case.

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Nakayla Baskin was found alone inside a Vanier apartment on Wednesday morning, just hours after police received an  anonymous tip on her whereabouts, ending a two-week hunt for the missing child that saw the entire Ottawa police force scouring the city.

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Nakayla, who packed a bag and left her Trenton Avenue home in Carlington just after midnight on Sept. 25, was found inside the Charlevoix Street apartment Wednesday after detectives kicked in the door.

Nakaylas maternal grandmother Carolyna Bellrose told this newspaper she was in heaven when she was told police had found her granddaughter, whom she described as her life, her angel and her star.

FOUND: Nakayla Baskin has been located safe by @ottawapolice this morning in Ottawa. We wish to thank the public and media for their assistance in this matter. #ottnews

She said she will be praying for the detectives who worked the case. They had not stopped day or night.

The major crime unit, which took the missing persons case late last week, is continuing to investigate whether any crimes were committed in the course of Nakaylas disappearance.

Police have repeatedly appealed to the public for any information on Nakayla or any information on possible sightings. On Tuesday, one day before she was found, Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt urged the community to be the forces eyes and ears.

Though police believe the girl did intend and plan to run away, they also suspected that at just 11 years old, she needed the help of at least one other person.

On Saturday police released a surveillance image of a Honda Civic, saying they wanted to speak to the driver, suspecting he or she might have information about Nakaylas disappearance. The vehicle was captured on surveillance video on Sept. 25, but police havent disclosed where.

We all love and miss you. We need you to come home, said Nakaylas father Tyrone Baskin in the video. Home is not the same without you. We just need to know youre safe. Were waiting for you at home.