The 8-year-old Omaha girl reported missing early Friday morning was found hours later at a neighbor's house.
It was a search conducted by police, neighbors, even a community patrol group, but security cameras at a neighbor's home showed Nyla Lucas on the street, walking by herself, that eventually helped track her down.
“They said they missed me," said Nyla. Why did she wander off from her home at 49th and Curtis, barefoot, just after midnight?
“She went to open the door to let the dogs come in and instead of letting the dogs come in she went out the door,” said Corine Spears, Nyla's great-grandmother. Once the family realized the 8-year-old was missing, they called police.
She didn’t go far, just to a home down the street. Fourteen-year-old Brianna Johnson was up with her cousin when Nyla knocked at their door. “She was looking through the peephole and she couldn't see nobody, so she was like who is it, who is it and she said it's a homeless little girl, a homeless little girl.”
Instead of calling police she called her aunt who told her to bring the girl inside. They gave her food and let her sleep. “She was shaking really bad and we just told her you're cool here, you're safe.” Johnson said Nyla told them she has been kicked out of the house after her family started arguing and that she was scared to go back.
“We waited ‘til the morning because what if they would have taken her back home and the situation she's in and nothing would have happened at all.”
Spears was relieved to have her great-grandchild back home. “It was a big relief knowing that she wasn't harmed and that she was okay. I'm happy for her to be back home.”
The home where Nyla was found is sort of a neighborhood hangout for kids in the area. Several other children were also there when Nyla was found.
Nyla sounded confused and said "she couldn't remember" exactly what happened. She was interviewed and checked out at Project Harmony before returning home.