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Minute-by-minute: Yazmin Linares Medina found after search

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UPDATE: A 10-year-old girl from Cleveland is now safe after she was missing for 17 hours. Channel 3 cameras were the only ones rolling when she was reunited with her mother on Friday afternoon.

An AMBER Alert was issued by the TBI early Friday morning.

When crews found Yazmin, she immediately ran into her mother's arms.

It was the happy ending everyone was hoping for when a mother reunited with her child. 
 
"I guess we're just relieved. We were relieved. Everyone is just relieved because you don't know what to expect," Sgt. Evie West of the Cleveland Police Department.

Sgt. West was one of the first to ask Medina if she was alright. She told her yes ma'am.

The young girl and her mom played soccer at a field by Ocoee Middle School on Thursday around 6:30 p.m.
 
At one point, Medina realized she lost her house keys and needed to go back to the field. The last time her mother saw her was at 8:20 p.m, according to police.
 
She never returned home and that's when her mother started looking for her around 8:40 p.m.
 
"When the time passes, you think maybe she went to a friend's house. It's 8 o'clock, she should be awake by now. It's 9 o'clock, no word. 10 o'clock, that's not good. 11 o'clock, this is not good. 12 o'clock, this is not good," Sgt. West said.

When her mom couldn't find her, she called 9-1-1 at about 10:00 p.m., which launched a state-wide amber alert.
 
Crews spent hours searching the soccer field and nearby neighborhoods by knocking on doors.
 
Just before 1 p.m. on Friday, a team of drug task force officials found her alive and safe on a trail.
 
"This is the best that we could hope for in this situation, so we're very happy," Chief Mark Gibson of the Cleveland Police Department.

Cleveland police, Bradley County Sheriff's Office, TBI, and the FBI all assisted in the search. 
 
"You're always grateful for the job these guys do, but when you see it come together like this, it's just pretty impressive," Chief Gibson said.
 
As officers and family members spoke with her, you could see some mud on her clothes along with scratches on her legs.
 
They're thankful she was not hurt. 
 
"We need to celebrate the fact that she's found," Sgt. West said.

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