SHE'S SAFE; Missing Six-Year-Old Is Found Asleep at Neighbour's Home

By Gusmaroli, Danielle | The Evening Standard (London, England), July 8, 2003 | Go to article overview

SHE'S SAFE; Missing Six-Year-Old Is Found Asleep at Neighbour's Home


Gusmaroli, Danielle, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI

A MASSIVE hunt for a girl of six ended today when she was found safe and well at a neighbour's house four doors away.

Summer Haipule was reported to have been snatched from the street by two men near her Brighton home yesterday evening. Police immediately used Sussex's Child Rescue Alert system, set up

after the Sarah Payne abduction, which interrupts local television and radio programmes to give details.

But Summer was found sleeping under a cot this morning at a neighbour's house four doors away.

She was found at 7.10am by neighbour Vicky Wilson who arrived home after taking part in the search.

The woman came out of the house and shouted to the astonishment of reporters and police officers in the street: "She's in here, she's in here."

Summer's parents dashed to the house for an emotional reunion with their daughter.

Her mother Minday picked her up and said 'Summer, I love you so much- where the hell have you been?'."

Sobbing uncontrollably in front of her home where Summer regularly plays, family friend Sue Walker said: "I can't believe she has been here all the time. She was sleeping blissfully under the cot.

"She's a little dazed and hasn't got a clue that we've been looking for her all night. But the most important thing is that she is alive and well. Her parents are totally over the moon and have been out looking for her all night."

Chief Superintendent Paul Curtis added: "It has been the most traumatic and tortuous night for Summer's parents. The neighbour's house was not searched.

"Little Summer is somewhat bewildered by what is going on. She has been found under a cot in one of the children's bedrooms." At 7.25 Summer was taken home in the arms of her mother. Dressed in a pink dress, her face was buried in her mother's neck as she was taken the 30 yards from No20 Bolney Road back to No28. …

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