HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Police say they have identified a 5-year-old girl who was found alone along a suburban Harrisburg roadway on Monday morning.
Lower Paxton Township police said the girl was found wanding along the roadway in the area of Colonial Road and King George Drive around 7 a.m.
Marlon Walls was one of the passersby who spoke to the girl after stopping for a car with activated four-way flashers.
“When I stopped behind the car, it was a lady in front of the car, and we just wanted to know if she needed some help, and at the same time, a little girl was in the street,” Walls said.
Walls said he asked the girl if she was two or three years old.
“And she said, no, five, but then when we asked her about her parents, she just shut down and smiled and shook her head,” he said. “She was afraid.”
Police said they asked the girl her name and address, but she only nodded or shook her head.
“We’re just glad that she didn’t cross over the street because early in the morning at this time — I use this road every morning, she would have probably just — anything could have happened, you know, bad tragedy,” Walls said.
When no one at local schools or daycare centers recognized the child, Dauphin County Children and Youth Service took her into protective custody.
Police announced around noon that the child has been identified and that her parents have been contacted. They said the incident is still being investigated and no more details will be released at this time.