Albuquerque police say they are no longer looking for Catiana Zepeda, the 4-year-old whose mother was found dead on Friday in an apartment in Southeast Albuquerque.
“Catiana has been located and she is safe,” Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said Saturday morning, roughly nine hours after the agency asked for the public’s help in locating her.
Gallegos said officers responded to the “unattended death” of the child’s mother, Cathalena Laughing, in the 500 block of San Pablo SE.
Gallegos said Laughing had been dead for three or four days by the time her body was found. He said the girl was not found at the home and neighbors told police they hadn’t seen her in a week.
Gallegos did not say how Laughing died.