Missing 4-year-old Vernon Parish girl found safe near home

A 4-year-old Vernon Parish girl who was reported missing about 8 a.m. Wednesday morning is safe and at home as of 11 a.m., according to the Louisiana State Police.

Employees with the KCS railroad found Meagan Makaylee Eldridge behind a New Llano restaurant. She and her dog were found about 2 miles from her home and appears to be in good condition.

Authorities suspect she wandered away from her home, but the investigation is ongoing.

The girl’s mother said she had put the girl to bed at 2 a.m.