An 11-year-old girl who went missing from her home in Bolton has been found in London, a friend of the family has said.
Fatuma was discovered in London on Saturday afternoon after her parents had appealed to her to return home quickly.
Fatuma was discovered in London on Saturday afternooCredit: PA
Fatuma was seen on CCTV with a man and womanCredit: gmp Police
Greater Manchester Police said she was found in London on Saturday and will be reunited with her family.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rollinson said: “We are delighted to confirm that Fatuma Kadir has been found safe and well.
“She was found in London earlier today so we are now working to reunite her with her parents, who are as you can imagine, incredibly relieved.
“The last couple of days have been every parent’s worst nightmare, so I know they will agree with me when I say a huge thank you to everyone who has shared our appeal to find Fatuma.
“Your help has been invaluable, so thank you.
“We would now ask that their privacy be respected, so they can be together as a family.”
Earlier on Saturday, her father Asheem told a news conference her behaviour was “normal” before she left, adding he had “no idea what’s caused this, no idea whatsoever”.
“Why she went to London we have no idea.”
According to friends and family, Fatuma apparently aspired to move to London when she was older, and took it “quite seriously”.
She was seen boarding a train from Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham New Street at 9.27pm before travelling to London Euston.
Police had released CCTV images of Fatuma with a man and woman, who she arrived in the capital with at 1.17am.
She was then seen boarding a train from Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham New Street at 9.27pm before travelling to London Euston.
Police released CCTV images of Fatuma with a man and woman, who she arrived in the capital with at 1.17am.
Fatuma is from BoltonCredit: gmp Police
She was seen leaving London Euston aloneCredit: gmp Police