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Usually, when we do a “black and missing” story, it doesn’t have a happy ending. Families and communities live without knowing the whereabouts of their loved ones for years on end. But fortunately, in this case, the story ends quite nicely.

4 year old Amieya Renee Stewart went missing during a family gathering in California. Police and relatives searched for the girl in the home and the surrounding neighborhood until midnight. They stopped at midnight because that’s when the little girl was found sleeping underneath her grandmother’s bed.

The girl had gone undetected by both family, police and police dogs because she had surrounded hereof with other items.

When Amieya’s mother, Christina Nance, spoke to the NBC Bay Area cameras she had this to say:

“I just want to tell everybody thank you. She means a lot to me. I’m sorry that she was in here. I feel like we looked for her really, really good and they had the dogs come in and everything. I’m sorry to put everybody through this, but I’m so happy she’s ok and that nothing bad happened to her.”

As Nance was interviewed, Amieya buried her bead in the crook of her mother’s neck. Later, camera crews recorded the reaction of Amieya’s family members learning that she had been found.

Amieya’s grandmother said knowing her granddaughter, she suspected that she was playing hide and seek all along. The police told her that they doubted that she’d be able to hide that long.

They were wrong but we’re certainly glad they devoted their full attention to help find this little one.

This whole story reminds me of what my sister, friends and I used to do when we weren’t ready to leave somebody’s house. We knew not to take it this far though. While Amieya just might have a promising career in espionage, we’re certainly hoping her mother takes this time to let her know the importance of coming when you’re called, even if you’ve found the best hiding place in the house.

Watch the family react to news that their family member had been found in the video on the next page.

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