A 15-year-old Grafton girl who had been reported missing was located Thursday afternoon in Waltham, Grafton police confirmed.
Julia Lomberto was picked up by Waltham Police, who followed up on tips she was in their town.
According to Julia's father, Tim Lomberto, the state Department of Children and Families called him this afternoon to let him know that Julia had been found with a friend in a housing complex in Waltham. She was taken to the Waltham Police Department and was waiting to get picked up by DCF, he said.
In its initial release, Grafton police noted the teen was believed to be in Waltham or Somerville.
Family members of Julia credited Grafton Sgt. John Harrington, in particular, with diligently following up on leads and helping find her.
Lomberto said news did not spread quickly about his daughter missing because she was considered a runaway, and she was not believed to have been abducted.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts and for any information that people gave during this time," Lomberto said.