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Missing 7-year-old Palmetto girl found safe

Palmetto police say Ashley Ordaz has been located and returned to her mother.
Credit: FDLE
Ashley Ordaz (left) and Jesus Flores-Gonzalez (right)

PALMETTO, Fla. — Update: Palmetto police say 7-year-old Ashley Ordaz has been located and returned to her mother. They add that she is unharmed and glad to be home.

"The details of her recovery are not being disclosed at this time, as they are part of an ongoing criminal investigation," the department wrote.


Previous story: The Amber Alert for a missing 7-year-old girl last seen in Manatee County has been canceled, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Earlier Saturday, a Florida Missing Child Alert had been issued for 7-year-old Ashley Ordaz last seen in Manatee County. It was then upgraded to an Amber Alert.

The Palmetto Police Department said Ordaz's mom arranged for the child's father to have her for the holidays. Officers say the dad, 30-year-old Jesus Flores-Gonzalez, was supposed to return Ordaz to her mom on Jan. 3.

"When the mother telephoned the father on January 6 to ask for the child’s return, he refused," the police department wrote in a news release.

After more than a day of being reported missing, law enforcement has canceled the Amber Alert.