A Taranaki girl has a story to tell after her early morning sleepwalk sparked a police search.
The 8-year-old got out of bed at her home last night, sleepwalked out the door and down the road about 800m to a family friend's where she had got into a bed and fell asleep.
Relieved police found her ''fast asleep'' at 1.40am today, Sergeant Royston Betteridge said.
''We were delighted when we found her because we were very concerned... she could have gone anywhere.''
The girl lives with her grandmother and the pair had just moved to Waitara, north of New Plymouth, meaning the girl was unfamiliar with the area.
The grandmother had gone out and when she came home at 12.45am realised the girl was not there.
She called police but the young girl could have disappeared up to two hours earlier, when the babysitter had gone to bed.
Six police officers were involved in the search and the search and rescue squad was on its way.
Police had started searching the area when the grandmother realised it was possible the girl had walked to a nearby family friend's house.
Police went to the house and found the girl sound asleep in a bed.
It was believed she sleepwalked there either down a disused railway line or down the road across at least two intersections.
Search and rescue was stood down when the girl was found.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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