Out of candy, girl ends ride on coal train

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A 13-year-old Texas girl was dirty but unharmed after a 300-mile journey aboard a coal car in a BNSF train.

Local media reported that Adalie Rivera of Lubbock, Texas, climbed aboard the train in Colorado Springs, Colo., in the early hours of March 17 and rode it as far as Dumas, Texas, a town in the Texas Panhandle. On March 21, a local farmer found her hungry and covered in coal dust. She reportedly got off the train when her supply of Skittles candy ran out.

Law enforcement officials said that Rivera's family was on vacation and staying in a hotel in Colorado Springs. She left the hotel sometime between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., and found her way to the railroad. Her disappearance set off a multi-state police investigation that included a Facebook page dedicated to finding her.

Colorado Springs Police Lt. Howard Black said that the case was unique, as detectives were dealing with a missing teenage girl who had no money or ties to the area, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. When she was found, officials closed the investigation, saying there was no reason to believe any criminal activity was involved.

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