A missing 5-year-old girl is safely back in the arms of her mother Tuesday afternoon — and a family acquaintance is in custody — after a massive eight-hour manhunt in Queens.
The girl was wearing a pink floral dress when she went missing around 9 a.m. in Jackson Heights, according to the NYPD.
Her mom reported her missing in the morning and police issued a Level-2 mobilization to find the child.
Later in the day, the girl was picked up on security surveillance video in the Jackson Heights Foodtown on 37th Ave. and 36th St. with an older man who a source said her mother knows.
She was spotted on Roosevelt Ave. with the man, who police estimated to be around 75 years old, wearing glasses, khaki pants and a light blue shirt.
Police got the girl and brought her back to her mom. They took the elderly man into custody.
It is unclear whether the girl was abducted. Police did not say what crime had been committed.
The investigation is ongoing.