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Minneapolis teen awarded for leading police to AMBER Alert suspect

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Police credit one Minneapolis teen's quick thinking -- and quick dialing -- with helping them safely locate an abducted child and the suspect in his disappearance on Wednesday.

In just one day, Daisy Buenrostro has received a lot of surprise recognition from city officials and the Backyard Initiative for playing such a vital role in making sure Carlos Orozco was reunited with his mother.

But Buenrostro doesn't think of herself as a hero. Instead, she credits the AMBER Alert that came across her father's cell phone just an hour before police reunited the boy with his mother. 

"Wow! Wow, thank you," Buenrostro said on Thursday as she received an Engaged Citizen Award from the Backyard Initiative and the Cultural Wellness Center.

City leaders, Minneapolis police and others gave the girl a well-deserved standing ovation on Thursday at Midtown Global Market because she and her father made the 911 call that led to the arrest of suspected kidnapper Isabel Diaz-Castillo.

"I was so shocked," she recalled. "I was like, 'Oh my God. This is the car.' So, I ran back inside the house and told my dad."

She did it without any thought of reward, but said the commendations came as a pleasant surprise.

"I would hope that everyone would do the same thing, so I'm just really happy that somehow I got all these awards," Buenrostro told FOX 9 News.

Police reunited 8-month-old Carlos Orozco with his mother in a matter of hours thanks to Buenrostro's report.

"The first thing I told my daughter was to get on her knees, put on a candle and be thankful that he came back safely," Veronica Hernandez, the boy's grandmother, told FOX 9 News by phone.

Vicky Orozco told FOX 9 News she had put her son into a car seat for a nap while she took a shower and came out to find he was missing. While the family is certainly relieved to have him safely back at home, Hernandez said there's also heartache because the boy returned with much shorter hair.

"She was crying and saying how she doesn't have his first lock of hair," Hernandez explained. "At the same time, we're thankful that we have him back."

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation credits the first Wireless Emergency Alert with leading to a quick and safe recovery, adding that the cell phone alerts issued on Wednesday were the first of the kind in the United States to lead to a successful recovery of a missing child.

In a release on Thursday, the BCA mentioned Buenrostro's use of the WEA alert as an example of its success.

"Teenagers are on their phones a lot, but in this case, it helped law enforcement reunite a little boy with his mother," said Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman. "Wireless Emergency Alerts are another important way to ensure the public receives vital information right away, wherever they are."

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