Missing 12-year-old girl returns home

December 29, 2008 11:59:35 AM PST
A 12-year-old Union City girl who went missing more than a week ago returned home on Sunday, police said today.

Sabrina Ramirez, who is deaf, disappeared at about 7 a.m. on Dec. 23 and failed to come home that night, police said.

Her mother reported that Ramirez' backpack, some clothes and her favorite hair gel were missing and said the girl has run away in the past, police said.

The mother sent a text message to Ramirez, who usually responds quickly, but did not immediately receive a reply. Ramirez later text-messaged her family and seemed to indicate she had not left home voluntarily, prompting concern.

However, the girl returned home around 2 p.m. Sunday and police determined she had left by choice, police Sgt. Bob Martin said.

"She returned home on her own yesterday afternoon," Martin said.