Police focus on Kentucky in search for missing 8-year-old Indiana girl

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FISHERS, Ind. - Authorities are focused on Kentucky in their search for an 8-year-old girl from Fishers, Ind., who was the subject of an Amber Alert issued late Tuesday.

The statewide Amber Alert was issued for Sophia Snow. Officials believe she is in the custody of her mother, Jennifer Ansari, 37.

Police said Ansari took Snow from their Fishers home after she found out that she was losing custody of the child to her ex-husband.

Snow was last seen Aug. 30. She is 3 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 50 pounds. 

Police believe Snow and Ansari were in Louisville, Ky., where Ansari's mother lives, on Tuesday.

Snow's grandfather, Raymond Wagner, said an Amber Alert shouldn't have been issued.

"The child is not in any danger. This is the God's truth," Wagner said. "I talked to my daughter yesterday and said, 'Don't tell me where you are, because I'm not lying for the police department."

"It doesn't appear at this time that she intends to surrender the child," said Fishers police Officer Tom Weger. "We are working closely with Indiana State Police and Louisville metro police."

Ansari was last seen driving a 2012 burgundy Honda Civic four-door passenger car with Kentucky license plate number 779NZJ.

No criminal charges have been filed against Ansari.

Bursten said an Amber Alert wasn't issued for four days because the girl's disappearance did not meet alert criteria necessary for an alert until Tuesday.

"Thousands of children are missing in the state of Indiana, the majority of which are runaways," said ISP 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten. "If we used Amber Alert in all of those circumstances, on average we would do an Amber Alert every 43 minutes. I think at some point, the viewing public would become disenchanted with it."

Police asked anyone with information to contact them.

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