NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Police have found a 9-year-old girl who did not return home from school, Monday afternoon.

Shaniyah Carter had last been seen at Coleman Place Elementary School around 3:30 p.m. when she left to walk home from school instead of taking the bus.

The public was alerted to the search for Shaniyah, and thankfully she was found safe, and not far from her home.

Norfolk Police are thanking the public for their help locating Shaniyah.