Oakland police had reported Ying Ying Li, 32, missing earlier this week when she was last seen Monday morning and never returned home from classes at Laney College in Oakland where she is a student.
At 1:17 a.m. this morning Carl Chan with the Oakland Chinatown NCPC, a city program that works with the police department, said Li had been found and that the family was happy about the good news.
Earlier this week police had said Li suffers from schizophrenia and speaks limited English, which added to her family's worries.
Less than an hour before announcing Li's homecoming Chan had requested the public's help to find Li who was last seen Monday around 8 a.m.
Chan had said Li needs medication and will become confused without it. He said it was possible Li had become part of the Occupy Oakland protesters at Frank Ogawa Plaza or near the main branch of the public library, both in downtown Oakland. He alternatively said she might have left Oakland entirely for San Francisco or other cities.
More information about her return is expected to be released later this morning.