Bates Nut Farm pumpkin patch was put in virtual lockdown from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday as reports of a missing 11-year-old girl caused state troopers to search all vehicles leaving the scene.
California Highway Patrol officers also went from car to car in the crowded parking areas looking for the girl. Social media accounts said drivers waited up to 30 minutes to be cleared for exit.
The girl identified as Isabella by authorities went missing just before 3 p.m. at the pumpkin event in the 15000 block of Woods Valley Road. She was wearing a red shirt. She was found just after 4 p.m. prompting the all-clear from authorities.
No foul play was suspected, authorities said after locating the girl. The family said she had run away before and was found a few miles down the road at San Pasqual tribal land.
Bates Nut Farm does its annual pumpkin patch through Halloween. From the looks of the parking lot, about 1,500 people were at the popular farm and retail mall in rural Valley Center, about 40 miles from downtown San Diego.