Missing Bangor girl found unharmed

Posted Aug. 30, 2008, at 12:57 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:18 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The search for a missing Bangor girl ended about 7 a.m. Saturday when she walked into the local police department with friends of her parents, according to Bangor Police Sgt. Paul Edwards.

The adult-aged family friends told police they didn’t know that 9-year-old Haley Stratton had been reported missing after she last was seen around 4 p.m. Friday near her Clinton Street home. It is unclear how Stratton ended up with the family friends, Edwards said.

Stratton is the daughter of Michael and Carmen Stratton of 20 Clinton St.

The girl wasn’t injured in any way and there are no pending charges in the case, but the Department of Human Services is looking into the incident, Edwards said.

“She was safe,” he added.

When Stratton initially was reported missing, Bangor police contacted the Fort Lauderdale-based organization A Child Is Missing.

According to Sgt. Paul Kenison of the Bangor Police Department, the organization sent recorded phone messages at about 6 p.m. to approximately 2,000 households in the area around the Stratton home, describing the child and asking anyone with information to contact the department.

The message inaccurately called her Kaleigh, but police verified that her name is Haley.

When the initial round of calls failed to yield helpful information, a second round was sent at about 9:45 p.m. to more homes in a larger area, Kenison said.

— BDN reporter Meg Haskell contributed to this report.

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