MERIDIAN -- A 2-year-old girl was found safe in her own home, after a frantic search Sunday evening.

The child was reported missing shortly after 5:30 p.m., according to police. A short time later, police used a reverse 911 system to notify residents in the area of Santa Clara Drive that a child was missing.

Hundreds of people turned out to scour the neighborhood.

It was extraordinary how many people came to help, said Meridian Police Sgt. Branden Fiscus. It was almost overwhelming.

Police say the girl was eventually found at about 7 p.m. She had apparently fallen asleep under some blankets in her own home.

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