Well..she's only 8 years old. What kind of bike could she have been riding? She was 900 miles away from her former home and friends in Ohio. Funny thing was the street she was found riding on goes east-west..maybe making a detour to Daytona Beach?..or just retracing what she remembers her dad's driving route to their new home. In any case she must have been pretty scared (probably from watching the news on what happened to New Orleans last year) to want to leave the state. Here's another report that showed the father did drive around looking for her:
An 8-year-old girl who recently moved to Florida caused a panic when she tried to ride back home to Ohio on her bicycle out of fear of hurricanes.
A sheriff's helicopter, search dogs and neighbors found the girl after an hour-long search Wednesday night.
"It is amusing but at the same time sad," DeLand police Deputy Chief Randel Henderson said.
According to a police report, Heather Snoke told investigators "that she was headed back to Columbus Ohio, because she was afraid of hurricanes and that was her home."
Heather was riding her bicycle in front of her home Wednesday, mother Melissa Snoke, 37, told police. Twenty minutes later, the girl's father, John Snoke, 41, came home and noticed Heather was gone.
While the mother called police, John Snoke drove around the neighborhood looking for his daughter but did not find her.
DeLand police arrived and began a search, aided by tracking dogs and a Volusia County sheriff's helicopter. A homeless camp was also searched.
The family did not return a message left by The Associated Press at their home Friday.
No charges are pending, Henderson said. "There was no abuse. There was no neglect. It's a happy story. We're just so excited we were able to find this little lady."