According to YCSO, the DPS helicopter spotted Victoria Bensch with her dog a short time shortly after 8:30 a.m., about an hour into their morning search.
"She was able to stay warm with the dog. It's probably one of the things that saved her life," said Sgt. Jeff Newnum. The overnight temperature in the area was in the low 30s.
"God's watching over her," Newnum said. "I just believe that. It's the resolution we were all praying for."
Newnum said searching in the daylight made all the difference.
"We could have been very close to her last night and never spotted her," Newnum said.
Victoria was flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital for evaluation. Medics were concerned Victoria might have suffered frostbite.
The girl was found about 3/4 of a mile from her home, an area she and her family know well.