Missing 7-year-old found alive, reunited with family

CARBONDALE, IL. (WJPF) – Roughly 20 hours after being reported missing, 7-year-old Patrice Dotson was reunited with her family in Carbondale Tuesday.

Patrice was found by a Carbondale City employee Tuesday afternoon in the 1500 block of the North Marion Ttreet extension.

She was taken to SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale for evaluation and then released.

An official reason for her disappearance has not been released. Carbondale Police say that an investigation is ongoing.