FOUND: Amber Alert canceled for missing girl, mom discovered safe in Florida

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The Amber Alert for missing 7-year-old Sapphire Palmer and her mother Amanda Hayward has been canceled.

According to Michigan State Police the two were located in Florida. 

Investigators say that they were found in Homosassa, Florida, "safe" which is about one hour and a half from Tampa.

Police say they are not with registered sex offender Douglas Steven Stanko who was believed to be with them.

Earlier on Thursday a roommate of Stanko's said they were on a road trip.

"They took a road trip. it's that easy," he said.

Police say Amanda and Sapphire were last seen Tuesday around 3 a.m. and her purse was found about three hours on the side of the road just a few miles away from her home in Brighton. Her car was found Wednesday evening in Ypsilanti.

Investigators earlier believed Palmer's mother, Amanda Hayward, is paranoid, delusional and armed with a gun. 

Her father Darrell Hayward said Amanda was acting erratically.

"My daughter, she was putting electronics and stuff in the tub, thinking the cameras (were) watching her," said Darrell Hayward. "And she freaked out and grabbed Sapphire and took off out the door."