Authorities from two Southern California counties have yet to locate the parents of a mute 11-year-old girl who was apparently abandoned in a La Jolla department store about two weeks ago.
An unidentified Orange County law enforcement agency told San Diego police that they had located the residence of the girl’s parents, but no one was at the home when police arrived Friday, said San Diego police spokesman Bill Robinson.
Both agencies and the San Diego County Department of Social Services want to question the parents and refused to release the girl’s name or that of her parents.
Police learned the child’s identity when her former teacher, who was attending a seminar in San Diego, saw a television news report asking anyone with information about her identity to call the social services department.
“There is some concern because the girl has a 7-year-old brother who we believe is still with the parents,” Robinson said.
The girl was discovered wandering alone in the May Co. store at La Jolla Village Square on Sept. 14. Mute, and originally believed to be deaf, she is now living with a San Diego foster family. She underwent tests Friday at Children’s Hospital; officials there refused to comment on the types or results of the tests.
Robinson said the Orange County agency and San Diego police will continue their investigation over the weekend.
“We hope to have the case completed sometime Monday,” he said.