Missing New Haven girl found in New Jersey

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NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – A missing girl from New Haven has been found safe in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Investigators with the New Haven Police Department said her father turned himself in at a police department there.

Early Monday morning authorities issued a silver alert for 6-year-old Leila Veney. She is a black female, 4 feet tall and weighs about 50 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Leila was last seen wearing a pink jacket, purple unicorn shirt, black tiger print leggings and black boots.

Leila went missing in New Haven and was last seen on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Authorities believed she was in extreme danger.

Police believed she was with her non-custodial father Leon Veney, a 34-year-old black man. He is 6 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 245 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Leila and Leon Veney

New Haven police said Veney was doing a supervised visit with Leila Sunday. When her mother got out of the car, he told her he was taking Leila with him and sped off, according to police.

They believed he was heading to New Jersey, where he lives.

Veney was last seen driving a black 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with New Jersey license plate number C82LRH.

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