GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - For about 90 minutes Monday night, a family, a neighborhood, and Gulfport Police were frantically searching for an 8-year-old girl who suddenly disappeared. Dominique Robinson was found safe a short while after police put out a notice to the media about the search.
Investigators said Dominique was last seen with a teenage girl in an alleyway near 21 Street, between 31st and 32nd avenues. It turns out that teen girl, who knew Dominique, saw her and didn't want to leave her alone. So she took the 8-year-old with her to the library before bringing her back home. When the pair drove up to the scene, they saw the officers and family and wondered what was happening.
Dominique gave her very relieved grandmother a hug, as police asked questions about where the girls had been. Officers said everyone was okay, and they don't suspect any foul play.
News of a missing child in Gulfport gave many people flashbacks to the violent murder of Janaya Thompson last summer. In that case, the 5-year-old girl went missing near her home, and she was found dead the next morning. The circumstances of Janaya's disappearance didn't meet the requirements for an Amber Alert, and many criticized that not enough was done to get the word out about a missing child.
In this instance, Gulfport Police worked quickly to alert the community about the missing girl, even though, once again, this did not meet the requirements for an official Amber Alert.