Missing Stoddard County girl found

ESSEX, Mo. (KFVS) -- A missing Stoddard County girl has been found and is OK after at least 75 people canvassed the area, according to sheriff Carl Hefner.

The girl simply walked away from home and into a nearby field, but later found her way home, Hefner said.

According to Hefner, as much as 75 people had been searching for the child, who was described by a deputy as 5'4", about 170 lbs. and mentally handicapped.