A five-year-old girl who matches the description of a child seen walking by herself at around midnight in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, has been found safe and well.
Nottinghamshire Police said a man called the force at around 8.10am on Friday after spotting a media appeal overnight.
Officers were originally called at around 11.55pm on Thursday after the girl was seen in Tuxford Road, near Newark Road, in Ollerton.
Police used a drone and sniffer dogs to help with their search while also making door-to-door inquiries.
Inspector Graham Clarke said: “A member of public called the force this morning and has now been visited by officers to confirm that a girl was on her own last night, but did return home shortly after. She is safe and well.
“Reports of this nature is something the force take hugely seriously, as you can see with the amount of resources we had in the area overnight.
“We would like to thank everyone in the community and the local media for their help in sharing our media appeal last night, which has thankfully had a good and safe conclusion.”