Fri, May 10, 2013 01:50 PM
An unidentified girl reported missing by a 911 caller on Center
Rutland's West Proctor Road was still missing Friday afternoon and
about 70 first responders continued their hunt.
The girl, described a young white female, age 6 or 7, with
straight brown hair wearing a white t-shirt, red skirt, white
flip flops and a mood ring, reportedly approached a slow-moving car
on the road Thursday night at around 5 p.m.
The girl had physical injuries but the driver of the car could not
keep a hold of her and she ran off into the woods nearby, according
to State Police Capt. David Covell, head of the state's
criminal investigations unit, who held a press conference at noon
Friday outside the Rutland Town Volunteer Fire Department in Center
Covell declined to describe the physical injuries on the girl and
also did not say who made the call, although he did say the caller
was identified and was cooperating with police.
Covell said state police, criminal investigators and a multitude
of other law enforcers from various agencies include the county
sheriff's department and the National Guard were not speculating,
at that time, that the tip was a hoax.
A helicopter hovered over Center Rutland, Proctor and West Rutland
all afternoon Friday and a command post was set up at the fire
department all day with dozens of police cars lined up.
A West Rutland Fire Department trailer hauling an ATV
pulled up just before noon.
Lead investigator Lt. Reg Trayah said it was his job to act like
the girl was missing, and try to find her.
All children from area schools were accounted for and no one
matching the description was reported missing from a school or
home in Vermont or New England.
Police did say they were working with other states to determine if
any girl matching the description was missing.
Neighbors near the West Proctor Road neighborhood, however, were
speculating Friday, after the search had gone into the 19th
Michael Alexander, 13, and sister Deanna Garrow, 17, from nearby
Flory Heights in Center Rutland had taken the day off school to
search for the missing girl.
Garrow said neighbors were questioning if the girl reported
missing was abducted from California in 2007 because Facebook was
spreading information that the mother of the girl kidnapped her and
settled in West Rutland.
"I'm not giving up," Garrow said Friday afternoon.
Cristina Kumka is a corespondent for The Mountain Times, she can
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