OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A 7-year-old Oakland girl who went missing overnight has been found safe, but is not being reunited with her mother yet as police have questions for the little girl.

Oakland police Lt. Kevin Wiley said the girl, Kyianna Orear, was brought to a police substation around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday by a person who found her inside a church in east Oakland the previous day.

Orear was last seen at her home in the 1400 block of 73rd Avenue around 6 p.m., before she went missing, police said.

The girl had apparently left her backyard on Monday and wandered into the church on International Blvd. where she was discovered by a church member. According to police the girl spent the night with the church member and his wife.

Orear was reported safe about an hour after her mother made an emotional plea for her return.

Investigators plan to talk to the girl about what happened, but said she appeared unharmed.

“This is my first time hearing this and I don’t know why they won’t bring me my daughter. They won’t tell me. This is kind of weird now,” said Demetris Rene Ford, the girl’s mother.

The mom said she was taking a nap when her daughter disappeared. She had earlier said that Orear had gone with a neighbor to get some medicine for Ford’s upset stomach.

A hole was discovered in the fence in the girl’s backyard.

“We still have so much to do. This is our first time we’ve had the girl in our presence so we have to ask her some pretty good questions,” said Lt. Wiley.

Wiley wouldn’t elaborate on if and when the mother and daughter would be reunited. He did, however, say that it wouldn’t happen soon if they could help it.

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