"Hey, I've got her," King told a 911 dispatcher Tuesday. "I've got Nadia."
King said divine intervention helped him locate the fifth-grader, who has Asperger's syndrome, an autism-related disorder. King attends the same church as Nadia's family.
"The Lord told me where to find her," King said.
Nadia was taken to a hospital in nearby Longwood, where she was evaluated and treated for dehydration and insect bites, said Winter Springs Police Chief Kevin Brunelle.
"If I never believed in miracles, I sure do now," Brunelle said.
The medical director at South Seminole Hospital, Dr. Rakish Parekh, told reporters that Nadia was smiling and had some bruises and bites. She was getting intravenous fluids.
The discovery was welcome -and rare - in a state that has been plagued with missing children.
Brunelle said Nadia told rescuers two things: "I'm glad you guys found me" and "I can't believe you guys rescued me."
Before she was rescued from one of the most alligator-filled lakes in central Florida, the fhe fifth-grader had last been seen riding her bike; authorities became alarmed when they found it and her helmet in her neighborhood. She did have a backpack with her.
It took nearly two hours for rescuers to carry Nadia out of the thick brush and swamp. Shortly after word came that she was alive, her father briefly spoke to the media.
"It all came so fast and it just shows the compassion of the human spirit. It should give everybody encouragement," Jeff Bloom said after rescue crews lifted her into an ambulance.
When asked how he felt, Bloom said: "I can't even describe it. Let's give the glory to God."
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