Sock-Clad Girl, 3, Sneaks Off on Xmas Eve Adventure Precocious American kid wandered away from family in Austria By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Dec 25, 2015 12:46 PM CST 17 comments Comments This 2007 picture shows Salzburg, Austria, where a 3-year-old American girl wandered away from her family's hotel around midnight Christmas Eve. (Kerstin Joensson) (Newser) – Perhaps she was out looking for Santa. A 3-year-old American girl wandered away from her family's hotel in Salzburg, Austria, around midnight Christmas Eve and investigated the city streets on her own, wearing only a nightshirt and socks. A receptionist at another hotel brought her inside. Police guessed she was a tourist but had to scour local hotels for an hour before identifying the likely family. Awakened by phone, the girl's grandmother and mother were startled to find her missing. Police said in a news release she apparently managed to open the hotel room door herself. The grandmother and mother picked up the small night wanderer at 1am at the police station, where she was sleeping peacefully on a sofa.