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5-year-old taken in stolen vehicle found safe; suspect still on the loose

Posted at 10:52 AM, May 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-04 19:14:05-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Police say a 5-year-old girl who was asleep in the back of a vehicle when it was stolen has been found safe, still asleep, WDRB Louisville reported Tuesday.

According to Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Ofc. Beth Ruoff, the vehicle was reported stolen from the Speedway at 7933 Fegenbush Lane, near the Outer Loop, shortly after 9 a.m. The child's mother left the girl asleep in the back seat and went inside the store "just for a moment."

When she came back out, her vehicle -- described as a black, four-door Hyundai Elantra with damage to both outside mirrors -- was gone.

Ofc. Ruoff said all available officers were called to look for the vehicle. It was located almost an hour later, at the Meijer at 9500 Preston Highway, near the interchange with I-265.

The girl was unharmed and still in the back seat, asleep, according to Ruoff.

Stephan Murphy, 27, was arrested and is currently in custody.