Missing four-year-old found safe in Franklin County



Pennsylvania State Police said Gemma Moats was taken from her home by an unknown person. She was found around 10 a.m. by a passerby standing alongside the 14000 block of Harbaugh Church Road, Washington Township, Franklin County.  The location is approximately 2.5 miles from where she was taken. 

Gemma was immediately taken to the hospital and found to be in good health, according to police. The police are still actively investigating. 

A 4-year-old girl who went missing on Wednesday in Franklin County has been found safe, one day later. 

A nearly seven-hour search for Gemma Moats came to a happy ending when she was found around 10 a.m. on Thursday, holding on to a pink blanket.

Megan Frazer from the Pennsylvania State Police confirmed, “Miss Gemma Moats was located within a mile radius of her home. She was unharmed.”

Overnight, search efforts were in full force along the 12000 block of Pen Mar Road in Waynesboro.

State Police say the young girl was last seen Wednesday evening around 7:30, when her parents put her to bed. 

“The parents woke up around 3 a.m. to realize she was missing,” Frazer. 

Investigators are still looking into the circumstances on how the young girl went missing. But for Rick Penn, a Fairfield, Pennsylvania resident, it was enough to make the drive from Fairfield when he heard the initial report on the news. 

“I’m retired from the post office, so I figured I would go over and try to help out and try to search,” Penn said. 

“We had aviation, we had canine, we had volunteers from all over helping with the search. We had a big rescue team working on that,” Frazer said. 

The community is now breathing a sigh of relief for her safe return. 

“Normally, sometimes we get bad outcomes and we expect the worst. we can all relate. a lot of us have kids that age, but it is a huge relief for everybody,” Frazer said. 

While the investigation is ongoing, police say she will be reunited with her parents. 

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