Missing Girl Collected Shells, Prayed

Mom calls rescue a rare 'happy ending story'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 14, 2010 6:26 PM CDT
Missing Girl Collected Shells, Prayed
James King speaks to the media following his rescue of Nadia Bloom.   (Red Huber)

An 11-year-old girl lost for four days deep in a swamp spent the time collecting shells, watching animals, and praying until a former member of her church rescued her, says her mother. Nadia Bloom had bug bites and bruises and was dehydrated when she was found yesterday, but was otherwise OK. "This is a really positive happy ending story that you don't normally get," said mom Tanya Bloom. "It's a story of hope and we want to share that with so many other families."

While Nadia's parents spoke with reporters in Florida, her rescuer, James King, was in New York making the rounds of television shows. He clutched a leather-and-gold Bible as he spoke outside the Manhattan studios of Inside Edition. "God led me to her," King said, adding that he was surprised how calm the girl was when he found her. Nadia, who has Asperger's syndrome, was expected to remain in the hospital for a few days. (More missing person stories.)

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