UPDATE: Roanoke Police share images of girl who went missing Monday night, has since been reunited with family

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UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: Roanoke Police have posted images of eight-year-old Cecelia Patterson, who is back with her family safe and sound Tuesday after a morning of searching.

Cecelia has been enrolled in the Roanoke Police Department’s Project Lifesaver Program and now has her own Project Lifesaver transmitter.

Any parent or guardian of someone with a cognitive disorder can register for this free program.


UPDATE 1:15 p.m.: The Roanoke Police Department says Cecelia Patterson has been found safe and sound Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, the missing eight-year-old with autism was found in a vehicle in the 2800 block of Aspen Grove Court Road NW — less than a mile from her home — by a citizen, who then called 911.

The department thanked both the community and their fellow law enforcement and emergency response agencies for their help in the search efforts for Cecelia, who has since been reunited with her father.


UPDATE 12:44 p.m.: Police continue to encourage community members to check their properties — especially their backyards or anything a child could take shelter in — for missing eight-year-old Cecelia Patterson.

Officials believe Cecelia left her home in the 2800 block of Florida Avenue NW on foot Monday night.

The Roanoke Police Department is set to provide another update on the search for Cecelia later in the day.


UPDATE 12:10 p.m.: A number of law enforcement and emergency agencies around the Roanoke Valley are helping with the search for a missing autistic girl last seen in northwest Roanoke Monday night.

According to the Roanoke Police Department, Cecelia Patterson — who was last seen at her home in the 2800 block of Florida Avenue NW — is considered in danger because of her age and her diagnosis.

Community members are asked to check their properties — including yards, sheds, garages, vehicles, etc. — because Cecelia may be hiding there.

However, if you do see Cecelia, you are asked not to approach her because she may run. Instead, call 911 and police or first responders will come rescue her.

The department plans to hold another briefing about the search for Cecelia at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. You can watch that live here on WFXRtv.com, on the WFXR News Facebook page, or on the WFXR News app.


UPDATE 11:19 a.m.: Members of the Roanoke Police Department are set to hold a news conference at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday about a missing autistic girl, Cecelia Patterson.

You can watch this briefing live here on WFXRtv.com, on the WFXR News Facebook page, or on the WFXR News app.


UPDATE 10:48 a.m.: The Roanoke Police Department shared new information about the outfit that missing 8-year-old Cecelia Patterson was last seen wearing.

According to the department, Cecelia was actually wearing a black dress, gray sweatpants/leggings, and a blue-spotted hat when she was last seen at 11 p.m. on Monday.


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Police are asking for help tracking down a missing girl with autism who was last seen in northwest Roanoke Monday night.

The Roanoke Police Department says eight-year-old Cecelia “CeCe” Patterson was last seen at approximately 11 p.m. on Monday, May 31 at her home in the 2800 block of Florida Avenue NW.

She was reportedly wearing a pink jacket, a pink vest, pink tights, a black dress, and purple shoes.

“Cecelia is autistic, and due to this and her age, we’d like to get her home to her family as soon as possible,” the department posted on Facebook at 9:21 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1.

If you know anything about Cecelia’s whereabouts, you are asked to call 911 and share what you know.

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