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UPDATE: Missing Ft Myers toddler found safe, father arrested

The child was found unharmed as her father was arrested near Houston, Texas.
Linh Tran Arrest Fort Myers Police
Posted at 6:54 PM, May 28, 2024

UPDATE Wednesday, May 29 6:20pm

Fort Myers Police confirm the missing toddler that was the subject of an FDLE Missing child alert Tuesday was found safe in Texas.

Sofi Tran's father, Linh Tran was tracked down with the help of the United States Marshals Service, in the Houston, Texas area. He will be facing new charges in Texas to include Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and drug related charges.

In addition to his active warrant out of Pinellas County, Tran will also be charged with Interference with Custody in Ft Myers, as his daughter was supposed to be taken into DCF custody yesterday.

Original reporting Tuesday, May 28

Late Tuesday, Fort Myers Police detectives issued a call to the public via social media for help finding a missing juvenile female, Sofi Tran.

A Missing Child Alert issued by FDLE says the child was last seen in the area of 2200 McGregor Boulevard, in downtown Ft Myers. It also warned the public not to approach the girl and the adults with her.

Fort Myers police say the father, Lihn Tran, has an active unrelated warrant out of Pinellas County, near Tampa. FDLE says the warrant was for having drugs while on probation. Hillsborough County court records show Tran has a criminal record with convictions including grand theft and carrying a firearm as a convicted felon.

State paperwork spells his name as Linh. Fort Myers Police believed he was also traveling with an adult female, Ashley Palma, somewhere in Southwest Florida.

Police stated they did not believe the child was in any danger.