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LAKE WORTH, Fla. — Police won a race against time when an officer searching a landfill found a missing 8-year-old girl buried under rocks in a trash bin, authorities said. The officer who found her hailed her Monday as "a true hero."
The girl had been staying overnight at her godmother's house when she was reported missing early Sunday and an Amber Alert (search) was issued, police said. A teen who had been staying in the home was arrested, and the girl was in good condition at a hospital.
Police Sgt. Mike Hall was scouring the landfill for the child when he looked inside the trash bin and saw a yellow recycling container. When he opened the lid, he saw a foot and a hand and feared for the worst, Hall told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday.
He said he summoned a fellow officer "and he shouted out, you know, her finger is moving. And at that point the expression on everybody's face just changed. I mean, it went from a hopeless scene to there's hope there now."
There must have been air pockets that allowed the girl to breathe, Hall said, calling her a "true hero."
"For her to endure what she did and live for more than seven hours in the recycling bin says a lot for her," Hall told ABC.